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ERIC Number: EJ1321865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0894-3907
Developmental Education's Effect on Graduation and Labor Market Outcomes
Umbach, Paul D.; Clayton, Ashley B.; Smith, Katie N.
Journal of Developmental Education, v43 n2 p10-17 Win 2020
This study explores the effect of developmental courses on labor market outcomes and baccalaureate degree attainment using data from the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:02; Ingels et al., 2014). Unlike previous research that only compares those needing developmental coursework to college peers who do not need coursework, this study is the first to examine outcomes of high school students who enroll in college through developmental classes and similar high school graduates who do not enroll in college. Employing inverse probability weighting, the findings of this study provide a counternarrative to current conversations about developmental courses. We offer some important evidence to suggest that developmental courses may have a more beneficial impact than many perceive.
National Center for Developmental Education. Appalachian State University, P.O. Box 32098, Boone, NC 28608-2098. Tel: 828-262-3057; Fax: 828-262-7183; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (NCES)
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