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DOES THE QUALITY OF UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION PREDICT OFFICER PERFORMANCE?

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Authors
Lehmann, Eric W.
Subjects
college
university
selectivity
tuition cost
officer performance
quality
value
retention
promotion
test scores
naval officer
Navy
admission
conspiracy
top school
Advisors
Pema, Elda
Tick, Simona L.
Date of Issue
2019-06
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
This study investigates whether various indicators of college education quality affect retention and career progression of Navy officers. The cost of tuition, how selective a school is, and the average entry test scores of an institution’s student body all impact an officer’s decision to stay in the military or not. These indicators are also correlated with the probability of promoting to O-4 rank. The results of this study shed light on the value that high-ranking institutions provide as opposed to lower-ranked schools. These comparisons are difficult to make in the civilian labor market, due to lack of internal firm data on turnover and career progression. The United States Navy uses the same performance evaluation for all officers, from all schools, and all years, thus allowing for a comparison of the value that post-secondary institutions bring to the Navy through officer job performance, advancement, and retention.
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Thesis
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Business and Public Policy (GSBPP)
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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