Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Interpreting Community College Effects in the Presence of Heterogeneity and Complex Counterfactuals

The authors find that average effects of community college attendance mask different effects for different students. Enrolling at a community college appears to penalize more-advantaged students who otherwise would have attended four-year colleges. However, enrolling at a community college has a modest positive effect on bachelor's degree completion for the majority of community college-goers: disadvantaged students who otherwise would not have attended college.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: La Follette School Working Paper No. 2012-003
  • Author(s): Jennie E. Brand, Fabian T. Pfeffer and Sara Goldrick-Rab