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ERIC Number: ED541980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 67
A Review of the Causes and Consequences of Students' Postsecondary Choices. Literature Brief
Smith, Jonathan; Howell, Jessica; Pender, Matea; Hurwitz, Michael
College Board Advocacy & Policy Center
In 2010, 21 million students across the United States enrolled in one of nearly 4,500 postsecondary degree-granting institutions (Snyder & Dillow, 2011). Students of all academic backgrounds selected institutions they wanted to attend and, likewise, institutions made decisions about which students they wanted to admit. The resulting student-college pairs, observed following students' matriculation decisions, may be evaluated based on the quality of the academic match. In the social science research literature, an "academic match" occurs when a student chooses a postsecondary alternative that is aligned with his or her observable academic credentials (e.g., GPA, SAT[R], etc.). This review of the research literature describes the current state of research on student-college academic undermatch. (Contains 1 table and 14 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Board Advocacy & Policy Center
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)
IES Cited: ED557072