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ERIC Number: EJ973376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0951-5224
Does On-Line Distance Higher Education Pay off for Adult Learners? The Case of the Open University of Catalonia
Carnoy, Martin; Rabling, Brenda Jarillo; Castano-Munoz, Jonatan; Montoliu, Josep Maria Duart; Sancho-Vinuesa, Teresa
Higher Education Quarterly, v66 n3 p248-271 Jul 2012
The increasing opportunities created for adults by on-line distance universities raise important issues about the payoff to such education. This study uses a unique set of survey data gathered by the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) in 2009 to estimate the earnings gains of the 2000-2003 cohorts of UOC students in six programmes of study over an average six-year time frame between entering and one year after leaving their studies. It compares their gains with the earnings gains of comparable full-time workers in the Spanish labour force by age, education level, and gender. The results show that those who studied in UOC's two-year second-cycle degree programmes had positive relative earnings gains but those in three-year first-cycle degree programmes did not. The study further discusses why adult learners might nevertheless study toward degrees for which payoffs appear low. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain