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Caroline M. Hoxby and Kevin Stange

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226574585

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226574615.001.0001

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Estimating the Productivity of Community Colleges in Paving the Road to Four-Year College Success

Estimating the Productivity of Community Colleges in Paving the Road to Four-Year College Success

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(p.291) 9 Estimating the Productivity of Community Colleges in Paving the Road to Four-Year College Success
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Productivity in Higher Education
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Scott E. Carrell

Michal Kurlaender

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226574615.003.0010

The distinct mission and open-access nature of community colleges and the diverse goals of the students they serve make it difficult to assess differences in quality across community college campuses. In this paper, we investigate institutional differences in both the extensive and intensive margin of the transfer function across California’s 108 community college campuses. Importantly, due to the richness of our dataset, we are able to adjust our estimates for a host of observed student differences, including scores on 11th grade math and English standardized tests. Results show there is significant variation in community college quality for both the probability of transfer as well as outcomes measuring how well students perform after transferring. Additionally, we examine whether any observable characteristics of the community college are significantly correlated with transfer productivity.

Keywords:   community college quality, transfer, outcomes, higher education systems

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