ERIC Number: EJ1067979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
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.
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Investigations, Student Costs, Paying for College, Two Year College Students, Graduate Surveys, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Benefits, Salary Wage Differentials, Self Esteem, Wages, Tenure, Status, Cost Effectiveness
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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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