ERIC Number: EJ1048564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
Using Propensity Score Matching to Test the Community College Penalty Assumption
Dietrich, Cecile C.; Lichtenberger, Eric J.
Review of Higher Education, v38 n2 p193-219 Win 2015
Research studies have been ambivalent about whether enrolling in community college makes completing a bachelor's degree less likely than directly enrolling in a four-year institution. This study uses propensity score matching with a posttreatment adjustment to determine the treatment effect associated with taking the community college to four-year college transfer pathway. Each transfer student was matched to a four-year college junior from the same high school who enrolled at an equally selective four-year college. We found no significant difference between transfers and native juniors, demonstrating the viability of the community college to four-year pathway. Policy implications are provided.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Enrollment, Bachelors Degrees, Graduation, College Transfer Students, College Students, Probability, Matched Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois