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Access to Four-Year Public Colleges and Degree Completion

Joshua Goodman; Michael Hurwitz; Jonathan Smith;
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  • Published: 01 Feb 2015
Abstract
Does access to four-year colleges affect degree completion for students who would otherwise attend two-year colleges? Admission to Georgia’s four-year public sector requires minimum SAT scores. Regression discontinuity estimates show that access to this sector increases four-year college enrollment and college quality, largely by diverting students from two-year colleges. Access substantially increases bachelor’s degree completion rates for these relatively low-skilled students. SAT retaking behavior suggests students value access to four-year public colleges, though perhaps less than they should. Our results imply that absolute college quality matters more than...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: education
ACM Computing Classification System: ComputingMilieux_COMPUTERSANDEDUCATION
free text keywords: jel:I2, jel:I23, jel:J24
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