ERIC Number: EJ1009522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
The Impact of Dual Enrollment on College Degree Attainment: Do Low-SES Students Benefit?
An, Brian P.
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v35 n1 p57-75 Mar 2013
Dual enrollment in high school is viewed by many as one mechanism for widening college admission and completion of low-income students. However, little evidence demonstrates that these students discretely benefit from dual enrollment and whether these programs narrow attainment gaps vis-a-vis students from middle-class or affluent family backgrounds. Using the National Longitudinal Study of 1988 ("N"= 8,800), I find significant benefits in boosting rates of college degree attainment for low-income students while holding weaker effects for peers from more affluent backgrounds. These results remain even with analyses from newer data of college freshman of 2004. I conduct sensitivity analyses and find that these results are robust to relatively large unobserved confounders. However, expanding dual enrollment programs would modestly reduce gaps in degree attainment. (Contains 1 note and 4 tables.)
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, High School Students, Low Income, College Admission, Program Effectiveness, Achievement Gap, Socioeconomic Influences, Graduation Rate, College Graduates, Parents, Educational Attainment, Institutional Characteristics, Academic Aspiration, Student Characteristics, Educational Environment, Family Structure
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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