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ERIC Number: EJ1067979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0361-0365
The Assumed Benefits and Hidden Costs of Adult Learners' College Enrollment
Kim, Kyung-Nyun; Baker, Rose M.
Research in Higher Education, v56 n5 p510-533 Aug 2015
This study investigates the effects of adults' enrollment in and graduation from a two-year college on their hourly wages and occupational status in U.S. by employing a growth curve model and a piecewise model. College enrollment reduced hourly wages and occupational status by 13.8% and 2.74 points, respectively. Less-educated workers whose wages were the main source of income were more likely to compromise their occupational status for a better work-study balance and thus to realize wage penalties during schooling. While a two-year college degree acquired in adulthood had significant positive effects on hourly wages and occupational status, the said positive economic returns from the degree were moderated by their self-esteem.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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