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Unpacking The Black Box: Estimating The High School-Level Effects Of Undermatching Among Underrepresented Students, Awilda Rodriguez Jan 2013

Unpacking The Black Box: Estimating The High School-Level Effects Of Undermatching Among Underrepresented Students, Awilda Rodriguez

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Recent studies have revealed how large shares of college-ready students undermatch, or enroll in colleges with less competitive admissions processes than they are eligible to attend. Undermatch sits at the nexus of both college access and completion agendas, as undermatching to a less selective institution results in a decreased likelihood of graduating from college. Latino, low-income, and potential first generation college graduates are more likely to undermatch than their nonunderrepresented peers. Many underrepresented students rely on their high schools to help navigate the college choice process, yet we have a limited understanding of how high school characteristics can inhibit or ...