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2013 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference, Tuesday, July 16, 2013

#106 - Student Undermatching: Trends, Causes and Consequences

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The phenomenon of “undermatching,” in which students attend postsecondary institutions where their own academic credentials far surpass those of the typical enrolled student, is garnering increased attention in the education research literature, as well as in the popular press. The reality is that students face penalties by choosing less selective postsecondary institutions over more selective ones. This presentation documents the extent of undermatching, focusing on the persistent differences in undermatching between higher income and lower income students. The penalties associated with undermatching, and recent interventions that have been shown to ameliorate undermatching among lower income students, will also be discussed.
Presenter: Michael Hurwitz, Associate Policy Research Scientist, The College Board