Alternative Paths to College Completion: The Effect of Attending a Two-Year School on the Probability of Completing a Four-Year Degree

23 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2005 Last revised: 12 Jan 2011

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Jonathan Sandy

University of San Diego - School of Business Administration

Arturo Gonzalez

Visa U.S.A

Michael J. Hilmer

San Diego State University - Department of Economics

Abstract

Recent research indicates that college students who transfer from community colleges are significantly less likely to complete a four-year college degree than students who begin at four-year institutions. This paper estimates models of college completion for both types of students. Based on these results, an Oaxaca decomposition indicates that students who attend two-year colleges are at a disadvantage due primarily to lower individual quality rather than the lower quality of two-year colleges. This result has implications for public policies that seek to increase the role of two-year colleges as a means to increase the number of students completing four-year degrees.

Keywords: Student quality, post-secondary education, community colleges

JEL Classification: I2, I28

Suggested Citation

Sandy, Jonathan and Gonzalez, Arturo and Hilmer, Michael J., Alternative Paths to College Completion: The Effect of Attending a Two-Year School on the Probability of Completing a Four-Year Degree. Economics of Education Review, Vol. 25, No. 5, pp. 463-471. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=754145

Jonathan Sandy

University of San Diego - School of Business Administration ( email )

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
United States

Arturo Gonzalez

Visa U.S.A ( email )

United States

Michael J. Hilmer (Contact Author)

San Diego State University - Department of Economics ( email )

5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
United States

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