National Evidence of the Impact of First-Year Online Enrollment on Postsecondary Students’ Long-Term Academic Outcomes

  • Justin C. Ortagus


This study examines the influence of first-year online enrollment on the long-term academic outcomes of postsecondary students. Using a nationally representative sample and propensity score weighting, I find that enrolling in some online courses is associated with lower odds of dropping out of college. Additional results reveal a positive relationship between enrolling in some online courses and sub-baccalaureate indicators of long-term academic success, such as earning an associate’s degree and transferring from a community college to a 4-year institution.


Online education Propensity score weighting Long-term academic success Degree completion Vertical transfer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Higher Education Administration & PolicyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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