Aiming low: Estimating the scope and predictors of postsecondary undermatch
The full extent of student-college academic undermatch
The growing literature on undermatch
suggests that enrolling in a college that is less selective than they are academically qualified to attend reduces students' chances of graduating.
The funding shortage, she said, was a matter of simple arithmetic: "Resources simply undermatch
the needs .
The current federal and state focus on college readiness standards has limited value if large numbers of vulnerable students either fail to enroll in college or undermatch
in their choices.
Clearly one has to learn about one's students - learn what is a good stretch, what is an overmatch, and what is an undermatch
By fine tuning the match criteria using the known matches, these criteria can be set to be sure they do not overmatch (create false positives) or undermatch
(create false negatives).
Yet many immigrant students find themselves caught up in the undermatch
and summer melt phenomena.
I will explore what we know about the crucial factors that shape a student's holistic review beyond the grades and standardized test scores used in most of the existing literature on undermatch
Low-income, minority and first-generation students frequently undermatch
, research shows, and in doing so, they often end up at institutions with less support and far lower graduation rates.
This research quantifies the extent of student-college academic undermatch
among the 1992 and 2004 cohorts of graduating high school seniors and documents changes in the extent of academic undermatch
Statistically, students who undermatch
are less likely to obtain a bachelor's degree, and the likelihood of undermatching is far greater among low-income students than middle- or high-income students.