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Document Number: 10400

Interpreting Community College Effects in the Presence of Heterogeneity and Complex Counterfactuals - Community colleges are controversial educational institutions, often said to simultaneously expand college opportunities and diminish baccalaureate attainment. This report finds that 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 bachelorís degree completion for disadvantaged students who otherwise would not have attended college. (California Center for Population Research, March 2012)....

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