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ERIC Number: EJ1177563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1066-8926
Reconsidering Our Graduation Efforts: The Economic Impact of Certificates, Associate's, and Bachelor's Degrees
Tyndorf, Darryl; Martin, Heather
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v42 n7-8 p489-503 2018
United States' education policy efforts have focused on increasing college graduation rates, with an emphasis on bachelor's degrees, with the expectation of greater economic prosperity. Most community college and university degrees differ in time to completion and should not be viewed as having the same short-term, medium-term, and long-term impact on US economic growth. Utilizing the Uzawa--Lucas endogenous growth theory through an econometric model, our research analyzes the impact of total higher education degrees; community college and university graduates; and certificate, associate, and bachelor's degrees on US economic growth. Our findings demonstrate the significant impact of community colleges and community college degrees in the short and medium term on US economic growth compared to university and bachelor's degrees. We conclude with an analysis of the findings and suggestions for future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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