Current Research Projects

CAPSEE is conducting 12 core projects and two supplemental studies. Many of the research projects use data from partner states (California, North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia) and pertain to two broad areas: (1) labor market returns to a range of education pathways and (2) institutional and public policies that affect the completion of pathways.

CAPSEE researchers are analyzing a broad range of educational pathways in two- and four-year colleges. They are also evaluating a series of initiatives designed to improve student outcomes, focusing on policies that combine work and study, that provide financial aid, and that help students choose among educational pathways. In supplemental studies, researchers are examining policies aimed at minority-serving institutions, and they have reviewed evidence on the effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving college math readiness among students.

North Carolina

Using North Carolina data, this study analyzes the employment and earnings outcomes for different community college pathways and awards. Outcomes for this project include employment (e.g., industry and occupation), patterns of employment and unemployment, and earnings.

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Michigan

Using Michigan data, this study aims to estimate the employment and earnings returns to course credits and the additional returns to a credential or degree, and to examine variation in outcomes by program and course content and student characteristics.

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Ohio

In this study, the research team is examining the college enrollment, persistence, and educational and employment outcomes of Ohio students by using state administrative data matched with employment records.

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Virginia

This study uses Virginia data to relate educational pathways to the industry and occupation of employment, patterns of employment, earnings, and occupational outcomes, and to assess the labor market returns to developmental education.

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California (a & b)

CAPSEE’s research in California consists of two studies. The first analyzes returns to career and technical education (CTE) pathways; the second analyzes general returns to awards, coursework/subjects, and credits from enrollment in California community colleges.

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The Role of the For-Profit Sector in Higher Education

This analysis of national datasets examines the relative size and importance of the for-profit sector and compares education and labor market outcomes for those attending for-profit institutions versus similar students attending public institutions.

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Education and Interstate Mobility

This project uses national survey data to examine the correlation between educational attainment and patterns of interstate mobility, how mobility evolves over time, and the potential bias in estimating returns using single-state employment data.

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Federal Work-Study

This project studies the effects of access to the Federal Work Study (FWS) program on educational and labor market outcomes, including persistence, degree completion, student loan debt, and post-college employment.

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Working While Enrolled

This study focuses on examining the roles that student employment plays in predicting students’ college success, making use of the same data as CAPSEE’s Ohio project.

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Financial Aid for Community College Students

Using matched education–wage state data, this project examines the academic and labor market effects of receiving financial aid, including aid from major federal programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans.

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