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Marcotte, Dave E. – Education Finance and Policy, 2019
I use nationally representative data from the Education Longitudinal Survey (ELS) to update the literature on returns to community college education. I compare the experiences of the ELS cohort that graduated high school in 2004 with those of the National Education Longitudinal Survey (NELS) cohort that graduated high school more than a decade…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Outcomes of Education, Longitudinal Studies, National Surveys
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Hart, Cassandra M. D.; Friedmann, Elizabeth; Hill, Michael – Education Finance and Policy, 2018
This paper uses fixed effects analyses to estimate differences in student performance under online versus face-to-face course delivery formats in the California Community College system. On average, students have poorer outcomes in online courses in terms of the likelihood of course completion, course completion with a passing grade, and receiving…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Online Courses, Outcomes of Education, Academic Persistence
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Boatman, Angela; Soliz, Adela – Education Finance and Policy, 2018
One way administrators and policy makers have responded to the complexity of the community college transfer process has been to create articulation agreements between two-year and four-year colleges in a state or region. Our study examines the effects of one such statewide articulation and transfer policy, the Ohio transfer module (TM). This…
Descriptors: State Policy, Two Year College Students, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges
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Smith, Jonathan; Stange, Kevin – Education Finance and Policy, 2016
Students starting at a two-year college are much less likely to graduate than similar students who start at a four-year college, but the sources of this attainment gap are largely unexplained. This paper investigates the attainment consequences of sector choice and peer quality among recent high school graduates. Using data on all Preliminary SAT…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Educational Attainment, Bachelors Degrees, Barriers
Scott-Clayton, Judith; Rodriguez, Olga – Education Finance and Policy, 2015
Half of all college students will enroll in remedial coursework but evidence of its effectiveness is mixed. Using a regression-discontinuity design with data from a large urban community college system, we make three contributions. First, we articulate three alternative hypotheses regarding the potential impacts of remediation. Second, in addition…
Descriptors: College Programs, Remedial Programs, Educational Policy, Evidence
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Stange, Kevin – Education Finance and Policy, 2012
This article examines the effect of institutional quality on the educational attainment of community college students, a large group that has been mostly overlooked in previous work. The effect of institutional quality is generally difficult to separate from that of student ability because more capable students usually sort into better colleges. A…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Students, Institutional Characteristics, Instructional Effectiveness