Educational outcomes of labor-market linking and job placement for students at public and private 2-year colleges

Ann E. Person*, James Edward Rosenbaum

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

While much research has examined how education influences work outcomes, fewer scholars have questioned whether or how school-labor market relationships might influence educational outcomes. With their rising enrollments and growing occupational programs, 2-year colleges are an increasingly important site of the school-to-work transition. Using interview and survey data from a local sample of 14 public and private 2-year colleges, we describe the employer linkages forged at different types of 2-year colleges, how institutional contexts shape linking activities, and how college-employer links are related to students' efforts at college and confidence about degree completion. Using national longitudinal data (BPS and IPEDS), we test whether the patterns identified in our local sample are reflected nationally, examining whether the availability of job placement services by colleges predicts students' timely degree completion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)412-429
Number of pages18
JournalEconomics of Education Review
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006

Keywords

  • Educational economics
  • Human capital

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Economics and Econometrics

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