Distance to Promotion: Evidence from Military Graduate Education
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While a large literature has studied the effects of different education delivery modes on course grades and related education outcomes, we know much less about how these delivery modes impact subsequent job performance. Using a unique dataset of US military officers pursuing graduate education at the Naval Postgraduate School, we implement propensity score matching methods to identify the effects of distance education programs on academic and job outcomes such as promotion within the military and separation from the military. The distance education degree programs in our context share many common features with online programs that are growing in number by the day. We find a large and negative impact of attending distance education degree programs on average GPA, graduation, number of thesis extensions, promotion and separation from the military. That said, the average effects of distance education mask substantial heterogeneity by group. The negative effects are smaller among pilots and Hispanics compared to among junior military officers and individuals who earned their undergraduate degrees from public universities.
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