Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Susan Dynarski's research on widening college entry and completion gaps reported in the Michigan Daily

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A December 13, 2011, article in the Michigan Daily reports on research by Susan Dynarski that examines college attendance and completion between various groups, comparing cohorts of those born from 1961-64 with those born from 1979-82, cross-referenced at four family income levels. The working paper adds to the literature documenting higher education gaps between populations of different income levels and between men and women. In this paper, Dynarski and her co-author, Martha Bailey, examined the relationship that included both sex and income differences. They found the college-completion gap between men and women to be largest at the highest economic range, witih women at a 13-percentage-point higher completion rate than men. 

There was also previous coverage of this work on December 6, 2011, including an article posted on the Inside Higher Education website and an Education Week blog entry.

Susan Dynarski is an associate professor, School of Education; associate professor of public policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; and associate professor, Department of Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Martha Bailey is an assistant professor, Department of Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

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