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ERIC Number: EJ1168346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3737
The Costs and Consequences of Excess Credit Hours Policies
Kramer, Dennis A., II; Holcomb, Michael R.; Kelchen, Robert
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v40 n1 p3-28 Mar 2018
The growth of the public discourse on college completion and student debt has pushed policymakers and institutional leaders to implement a variety of policies aimed at incentivizing student completion. This article examines state-adopted excess credit hour (ECH) policies on student completion and median debt outcomes. Using a quasi-experimental approach, we find little evidence that ECH policies positively affect student completion. However, we find statistically large estimates that adoption of ECH policies increase median student debt. Students from marginalized backgrounds (i.e., first-generation and low-income) appear to be most adversely affected by ECH policies. As states face constant pressures for resources, the adoption of tuition-based surcharges does not significantly alter student course-taking behaviors, rather shifts the cost burdens from the state to the individual student for perceived inefficiencies in students' course-taking behaviors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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