ERIC Number: EJ1104980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Educational Authority in the ''Open Door'' Marketplace
Deterding, Nicole M.; Pedulla, David S.
Sociology of Education, v89 n3 p155-170 Jul 2016
In recent years, private for-profit education has been the fastest growing segment of the U.S. postsecondary system. Traditional hiring models suggest that employers clearly and efficiently evaluate college credentials, but this changing institutional landscape raises an important question: How do employers assess credentials from emerging institutions? Building on theories of educational authority, we hypothesize that employers respond to an associate's degree itself over the institution from which it came. Using data from a field experiment that sent applications to administrative job openings in three major labor markets, we found that employers responded similarly to applicants listing a degree from a fictional college and applicants listing a local for-profit or nonprofit institution. There is some evidence that educational authority is incomplete, but employers who prefer degree-holders do not appear to actively evaluate institutional quality. We conclude by discussing implications of our work for research on school to labor market links within the changing higher education marketplace.
Descriptors: Labor Market, Employers, Academic Degrees, Employment Qualifications, Teacher Selection, Private Colleges, Public Colleges, Educational Quality, Higher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Social Stratification, Human Capital, Job Applicants, Employer Attitudes, Multivariate Analysis, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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