Analysis questions "undermatching" studies

02/10/2014 |

Researchers studying the "undermatching" of talented low-income students with high-ranking universities are using flawed data, according to a new analysis. The analysis questions researchers' assumptions, including that disadvantaged students would be accepted at more elite schools if they applied. The authors suggest researchers should instead focus on a more important match -- whether a student enrolls in a community college or a four-year institution -- which they say is a crucial choice.

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