Paper by UW–Madison’s Odle accepted by Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

January 27, 2023

UW–Madison’s Taylor Odle is the co-author of a paper titled, “The Impact of Reverse Transfer Associate Degrees on Education and Labor Market Outcomes,” which is published as a working paper and has been accepted by the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management .


Odle is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. His work leverages quantitative methods and data science techniques to study issues concerning the economics of education and education policy with a specific focus on college access and success.

The paper, co-written with Lauren C. Russell (University of Pennsylvania), looks at the education and labor market outcomes of students that combine community college credits with four-year college credits to earn their bachelor’s degrees. Specifically, it finds that “reverse transfer associate degrees” — or credentials retroactively awarded to current bachelor’s degree seekers who previously earned credits at a community college — have little impact on student outcomes including their GPA, bachelor’s degree attainment, employment, and earnings.

Read the paper and find out more about Odle’s research here.

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