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Smoothing the transition to college? The effect of Tech-Prep programs on educational attainment

Economics of Education Review Volume 25, Number 4 ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


By promoting articulation agreements between high schools and community colleges, Tech-Prep programs aim to smooth the transition to college for the middle majority of US high school students. This paper employs a family fixed effects approach to assess the effectiveness of Tech-Prep programs in increasing educational attainment. Using data from six rounds of the 1997 NLSY and controlling for both selection and within-family spillovers, I find that Tech-Prep programs help participants complete high school and encourage enrollment in two-year colleges. On the other hand, these gains come at the expense of four-year college enrollment, suggesting that Tech-Prep programs may divert students from four-year to two-year colleges in the years immediately following high school. While Tech-Prep programs appear to increase overall educational attainment, they may be falling short of their goal of promoting college enrollment among the middle majority.


Cellini, S.R. Smoothing the transition to college? The effect of Tech-Prep programs on educational attainment. Economics of Education Review, 25(4), 394-411. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved December 2, 2022 from .

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