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ERIC Number: ED502822
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
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Do Community Colleges provide a Viable Pathway to a Baccalaureate Degree? NBER Working Paper No. 14367
Long, Bridget Terry; Kurlaender, Michal
National Bureau of Economic Research
Community colleges have become an important entryway for students intending to complete a baccalaureate degree. However, many question the viability of the transfer function and wonder whether students suffer a penalty for starting at a two-year institution. This paper examines how the outcomes of community college entrants compare to similar students who initially entered four-year institutions within the Ohio public higher education system. Using a detailed dataset, we track outcomes for nine years and employ multiple strategies to deal with selection issues: propensity score matching and instrumental variables. The results suggest that straightforward estimates are significantly biased, but even after accounting for selection, students who initially begin at a community college were 14.5 percent less likely to complete a bachelor's degree within nine years.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research
Identifiers - Location: Ohio