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ERIC Number: EJ876584
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-7757
The Effects of Quantitative Skills Training on College Outcomes and Peers
Butcher, Kristin F.; McEwan, Patrick J.; Taylor, Corrine H.
Economics of Education Review, v29 n2 p187-199 Apr 2010
This paper estimates the causal effect of taking a course in quantitative reasoning on students' academic performance and classroom peer-group composition at a liberal arts college. To identify effects, the paper compares the outcomes of otherwise similar students who barely passed a baseline quantitative skills assessment (not taking the course) with students who barely failed (taking the course). The regression-discontinuity estimates show little impact on academic outcomes for student close to the passing cutoff, including grades on subsequent courses with quantitative content, but we are unable to distinguish small from zero effects. Exogenous course assignment does affect the composition of students' classroom peer groups in subsequent years. The effects can only be generalized to students in the vicinity of the passing threshold (but not students with much worse quantitative skills at the baseline). We discuss implications for research and policy on remediation. (Contains 4 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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