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ERIC Number: ED549161
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
Institutional Determinants of Labor Market Outcomes for Community College Students in North Carolina. A CAPSEE Working Paper
Kalleberg, Arne L.; Dunn, Michael
Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment
The extent to which community college students experience labor market success depends on both the attributes of the individual students and the characteristics of the community colleges they attend. In this paper, we examine the impact of community college characteristics on the earnings of first-time college students who enrolled in the North Carolina Community College System in 2002-03. We estimate multilevel models that incorporate variables representing institutional features of community colleges along with individual characteristics obtained from student-level administrative college transcripts data, Unemployment Insurance wage data, and enrollment and graduation data from the National Student Clearinghouse across 830,000 community college students between 2001 and 2010. We find that a number of characteristics of community colleges enhance earnings independently of the attributes of individuals. In particular, students attending community colleges in service areas with higher unemployment rates receive lower earnings, and students from colleges that serve a single county and (especially women) in colleges with larger enrollments earn more.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment (CAPSEE)
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305C110011