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Published Online: 2013-10-17
Initial enrollment probabilities are also lower for these population groups, though they have improved considerably.
The NCES requires sample size to be rounded to the nearest ten.
A handful of individuals are excluded, because age and other characteristics of interest are missing.
The NCES measure is reported in the Digest of Education Statistics (2010, Table 341) and reflects the six-year graduation rate for all degree seeking students beginning as full-time fall semester students at a four-year institution in 1996. Part-time students and those beginning in the spring term have lower six-year graduation rates. Further restricting our sample to exclude such students yields a graduation rate of 57.7%.
The marginal effects from the logit specification discussed above are calculated similarly. Simulated marginal effects calculated using the entire sample and changing one variable at a time yield substantially the same results.
More advanced high school math is also associated with more graduation, less non-enrollment, and little difference in the probability of continued enrollment, but only the marginal effect on non-enrollment is statistically significant.
Some institutions offering such a plan include the University of Illinois, UT Dallas, and George Washington University.