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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

College For Low-Performing Students?

What Are the Benefits of College for Low-Performing Students?

Tara Garcia Mathewson | March 14, 2016

The push to expand college access has been opposed by groups who think that some students simply should not go to college. These students struggled through high school, and some expect they don’t have the intellectual capacity to succeed in college, advocating instead some type of apprenticeship or job training that sets them up for steady work.
This latest research, however, indicates that even among low-performing students, the long-term financial benefits of getting a bachelor’s degree are compelling. 


<more at; related links and articles: (Dual credit programs are pushing low performing students to complete high school — and college. January 16, 2015) and (The Returns to College Persistence for Marginal Students: Regression Discontinuity. Evidence from University Dismissal Policies.  Ben Ost, Weixiang Pan, and Doug Webber. Posted March 21, 2016. [Abstract; We estimate the returns to college using administrative data on college enrollment matched to administrative data on weekly earnings. Utilizing the fact that colleges dismiss low-performing students based on exact GPA cutoffs, we use a regression discontinuity design to estimate the earnings impacts of college. Dismissed students are permitted to apply for readmission, but since relatively few do so, these students end up completing fewer years of school and are approximately 10 percentage points less likely to graduate college. Our estimates suggest that low-performing students (on the margin of college dismissal) derive substantial earnings benefits from college.])>

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