Wave IV College Characteristics Data Documentation Public Deposited

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  • April 15, 2020
  • Gaydosh, Lauren
    • Affiliation: Carolina Population Center
  • Belsky, Daniel W.
    • Affiliation: Carolina Population Center
  • Reason, Max
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology
  • Hargrove, Taylor W.
  • At Wave IV of the Add Health survey, respondents were asked if they had received a bachelor’s degree. Respondents who answered in the affirmative were then asked to report the institution from which they received this degree. Using the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) code assigned to each school, contextual data on the institution were matched to the Add Health respondents using the IPEDS database. Data from IPEDS were matched to the year in which the respondent graduated, however information was not available through IPEDS for some variables for all years. See the appendix for information on how this form of missingness was handled. For more information on the IPEDS data system, see https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/ While many of the variables in the current dataset are also available at Wave III (See “Wave III Education Data: Postsecondary Contextual Component Codebook” (Riegel-Crumb et al. 2008)), the way in which respondents were asked to self-report college or university attendance was different between the two waves, and interpretation of these contextual data is slightly different as a result. At Wave III, respondents were asked to report if they were currently enrolled in a college of university, and information on the institution in which they were currently enrolled was collected. Information on institutions was collected regardless of the degree that the respondent was currently seeking. At Wave IV, respondents were asked to report the name of the college or university from which they received a degree, and this question was only asked if respondents reported receiving a bachelor’s degree.
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