Explaining Black-White Differences in College Outcomes at Missouri Public Universities
8 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2017 Last revised: 15 Oct 2019
Date Written: 2017
Conditional on enrollment at a four-year public university, African American students are less likely to graduate and less likely to graduate with a STEM degree than White students. This article reports on evidence from Missouri showing that these outcome differences in college can be explained entirely by differences in studentsâ€™ academic preparation prior to college enrollment. While this result should not be taken to imply that college-level interventions cannot help to reduce observed college success gaps by race, it does point toward pre-college interventions as being better targeted at their underlying source.
JEL Classification: I23, I24, J15
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