Definitions Matter: Investigating and Comparing Different Operationalizations of Academic Undermatching Gansemer-Topf, Ann Downey, Jillian Genschel, Ulrike Gansemer-Topf, Ann
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dc.contributor.department School of Education 2019-12-09T20:54:10.000 2020-06-30T02:15:29Z 2020-06-30T02:15:29Z Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2017 2017-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Effective assessment practice requires clearly defining and operationalizing terminology. We illustrate the importance of this practice by focusing on academic “undermatching”—when students enroll in colleges that are less academically selective than those for which they are academically prepared. Undermatching has been viewed as a potential obstacle in the United States’ goal of increasing degree attainment but operationalizing undermatching is difficult. Using ELS: 2002, a national dataset from the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics (NCES, 2014), we developed eight operationalizations of undermatching by altering three commonly used variables. We then compared the number and demographics of students who were identified as undermatched. Differences in operationalizations resulted in significant differences in undermatching by gender, race, parental education, and socioeconomic status. Results of this study illustrate the importance of the need to operationalize terminology used in assessment carefully and consistently.</p>
dc.description.comments <p>This article is published as Gansemer-Topf, A.M., * Downey, J., & Genschel, U. (2017). Definitions matter: Investigating and comparing different operationalizations of academic undermatching. <em>Research and Practice in Assessment</em>, 12, 28-40. Posted with permission. </p>
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dc.subject.disciplines Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
dc.subject.disciplines Educational Methods
dc.subject.disciplines Gender and Sexuality
dc.subject.disciplines Higher Education
dc.subject.disciplines Race and Ethnicity
dc.title Definitions Matter: Investigating and Comparing Different Operationalizations of Academic Undermatching
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