Wednesday, March 18, 2009

College study finds two-year 'penalty'

Seems like the research I have been stating has come to pass :)


College study finds two-year 'penalty'
By Mary Beth Marklein, USA TODAY

Most workers who have a degree from a community college can earn more than a person who had no formal training after high school. And even if they never complete a two-year degree, students who attend some community college can get higher-paying jobs.
But what if that student goes on to earn a bachelor's? A study being released today shows that people with a bachelor's degree who transferred from a community college earn less than those who start at a four-year school.
The pattern continues even for community college students who go on to earn a doctorate or a professional degree. And it holds for people of the same gender, race, education, experience level, field of study and type of college attended.
Natalia Kolesnikova, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, calculated the data based on the 2003 National Survey of College Graduates, a joint project of the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Science Foundation. Her findings support previous studies suggesting a "community college penalty" for students attending Ohio public universities.

She says more research is needed to understand why that is. But she adds: "It is important for individuals to know both the benefits and the disadvantages of attending a community college when making decisions about education."

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