Teachers College, Columbia University

All Publications

APRIL 2021

Happy Together? The Peer Effects of Dual Enrollment Students on Community College Student Outcomes

Using administrative data from a large state community college system, this paper examines whether being exposed to a higher percentage of dual enrollment peers influences non-dual enrollment enrollees’ performance in college courses.


High School Dual Enrollment in Florida: Effects on College Outcomes by Race/Ethnicity and Course Modality

Using data on two cohorts of Florida students who started public high school in 2007 and 2012, this report analyzes dual enrollment course-taking and outcomes by racial/ethnic group (Black, Hispanic, White) and course modality (face-to-face on-college-campus, face-to-face off-campus, and online).


Major Decision: The Impact of Major Switching on Academic Outcomes in Community Colleges

Using state administrative data and propensity score matching, this study examines the characteristics and academic outcomes of community college students who switch majors.

JULY 2020

Does Taking a Few Courses at a Community College Improve the Baccalaureate, STEM, and Labor Market Outcomes of Four-Year College Students?

Using data from the Education Longitudinal Study and a propensity score matching approach, this paper compares outcomes of four-year college students who earned either 1–10 credits or no credits at a community college.


The Labor Market Returns to For-Profit Higher Education: Evidence for Transfer Students

This CAPSEE working paper examines the labor market gains for students who enrolled at for-profit colleges after beginning their postsecondary education in community college.


Timing Matters: How Delaying College Enrollment Affects Earnings Trajectories

Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997, this paper compares the academic and labor market outcomes of high school graduates who delay college enrollment and those who enroll in college immediately up to 13 years after high school completion.


Is School Out for the Summer? The Impact of Year-Round Pell Grants on Academic and Employment Outcomes of Community College Students

This paper employs a difference-in-difference approach to examine the credit, credential completion, and labor market outcomes resulting from the year-round Pell using a state administrative dataset from a community college system.


Goodbye to Summer Vacation? The Effects of Summer Enrollment on College and Employment Outcomes

Using proximity to the closest four-year college as an instrumental variable, this CAPSEE working paper analyzes public higher education data from an anonymous state to examine how enrolling in summer credits can impact college and labor market outcomes.

JUNE 2016

Do Students Benefit From Going Backward? The Academic and Labor Market Consequences of Four- to Two-Year College Transfer

This CAPSEE working paper examines the effects of four-year to two-year college transfer on “struggling” students, or those who earned less than a 3.0 grade point average in the first term.

MARCH 2015

The Labor Market Returns to Math Courses in Community College

Using matched college transcript and earnings data on over 80,000 students entering community college during the 2000s, this CAPSEE working paper examines the returns to math courses.


The Medium-Term Labor Market Returns to Community College Awards: Evidence From North Carolina

In this study, the authors examine medium-term returns to diplomas, certificates, and degrees for first-time college students who enrolled in the North Carolina Community College System in 2002–03.


Evaluating For-Profit Higher Education: Evidence From the Education Longitudinal Study

Using the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002, this CAPSEE working paper evaluates the postsecondary and labor market outcomes of students who attended for-profit colleges.