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ERIC Number: EJ927395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1546
Comparing the Educational Attainment of Community College Transfer Students and Four-Year College Rising Juniors Using Propensity Score Matching Methods
Melguizo, Tatiana; Kienzl, Gregory S.; Alfonso, Mariana
Journal of Higher Education, v82 n3 p265-291 May-Jun 2011
Three statistics motivate most of the empirical research on the educational outcomes of community college transfer students. First, the percentage of first-time college students seeking a bachelor's degree has steadily increased from 50 to 63% over the last 30 years. Second, during the same period, the number of students starting at a community college also increased, and now roughly half of all students in postsecondary education start at a community college. And lastly, recent studies suggest that the transfer rates of community college students range between 25 and 40% with younger students positioned at the upper end of this range. These trends suggest that community colleges are increasingly seen as a more viable pathway to the bachelor's degree, but why has the attainment needle not moved? To answer this question, this study takes a slightly different perspective. Using the latest national data available on this traditional-age (and more transfer-likely) population, this study examines whether junior-level four-year college students who started at a community college, hereafter "transfer students," have similar educational outcomes as those college juniors who only attended a four-year college ("rising juniors")? The results suggest that there are no differences in the outcomes of community college transfers and rising juniors. (Contains 2 figures, 3 tables, and 15 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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