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ERIC Number: ED574807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Does It Pay to Complete Community College--and How Much? Research Brief
Belfield, Clive; Bailey, Thomas
Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment
This brief reviews new findings from a series of extensive studies by the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment (CAPSEE) researchers. The research makes use of large state datasets that include student transcripts merged with individual quarterly earnings records, which allow for the analysis of returns to particular programs and postsecondary pathways, to different types and lengths of certificates and associate degrees, and even to the accumulation of credits for students who do not complete a credential. The authors review analyses from eight disparate states (six of which were studied by CAPSEE researchers) and other recent evidence. Overall, these analyses establish a "CAPSEE consensus" about the sizes of the earnings gains from sub-baccalaureate awards. They provide a more detailed picture of how community college students fair in the labor market, and show how the returns to college vary by field of study. The analyses also establish how robust these earnings gains are to broad macroeconomic trends. This brief is based primarily on the review in "The Labor Market Returns to Sub-Baccalaureate College: A Review. A CAPSEE Working Paper." [For the related report, "The Labor Market Returns to Sub-Baccalaureate College: A Review. A CAPSEE Working Paper," see ED574804.]
Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment. Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street Box 174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212.678.3091; e-mail: capsee@columbia.edu; Web site: http://capseecenter.org
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)
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305C110011