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
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
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