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ERIC Number: ED422822
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
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Assessing the Post-College Earnings of Students: Benefits of Attending California Community Colleges - Methods, Analysis, and Implications. AIR 1998 Annual Forum Paper.
Sanchex, Jorge R.; Laanan, Frankie Santos
This study investigated the extent to which completing an associate degree or earning a vocational certificate impacts on the post-college earnings of students. The study examined data from California's Unemployment Insurance Wage Records and educational and demographic data for all California community college students maintained by the state Chancellor's office for a cohort of leavers and completers (n=841,000) during the 1991-92 academic year. Following a review of relevant research on the net effects of a community college education and a review of studies conducted by several states, the paper examines studies on the value of community college education for California's student population, which show a positive relationship between formal education and earnings. For all students, the greatest gains (15 percent) went to certificate completers, followed by those completing an associate degree (11 percent). When data were analyzed by age group, younger vocational students (age 18-24) had higher gains (+19 percent) for the first to third years out of college; older students (ages 25-34 and over 35) experienced 12 percent gains. Completing a certificate or associate degree with a major program area also had a positive impact on post-college earnings. It was also found that men had higher earnings than women across the 3-year time period measured. (Contains 33 references.) (CH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California