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ERIC Number: EJ997919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0272-7757
The Full Extent of Student-College Academic Undermatch
Smith, Jonathan; Pender, Matea; Howell, Jessica
Economics of Education Review, v32 p247-261 Feb 2013
This paper quantifies the extent of student-college "academic undermatch," which occurs when a student's academic credentials permit them access to a college or university that is more selective than the postsecondary alternative they actually choose. Using a nationally representative dataset, we find that 41 percent of students undermatch in their postsecondary choice. We also find that academic undermatch affects students with a range of academic credentials, but is more common among those students from low socioeconomic status families, who live in rural areas, and whose parents have no college degree. Finally, we show that between the 1992 and 2004 high school senior cohorts, academic undermatch has decreased by nearly 20 percent. The decrease is partially due to students being more likely to apply to a matched college. (Contains 8 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED557072