Jessica Ordemann

Dr. Jessica Ordemann

Research Area Educational Careers and Graduate Employment
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Jessica Ordemann graduated with a PhD in Sociology from the University of Leipzig and a master from the Free University Berlin. Before joining the DZHW she worked as researcher at the universities of Hamburg and Leipzig and scientific coordinator for the German national report on education. She teaches sociology at the Berlin School of Economics and Law and is an active member at the academy of sociology and the American sociological association..

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Academic research fields

Educational inequalities, labor market

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Research Cluster: Empirical Methods of Higher Education Research and Science Studies
Research cluster: Returns on Tertiary Education
Research cluster: The Relation between Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education in Germany
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Editorial: Hochschulzugang und Studium nicht-traditioneller Studierender: Die Situation in Österreich, Deutschland und der Schweiz.

Freitag, W. K., Kerst, C., & Ordemann, J. (2022).
Editorial: Hochschulzugang und Studium nicht-traditioneller Studierender: Die Situation in Österreich, Deutschland und der Schweiz. In W. K. Freitag, C. Kerst, & J. Ordemann (Hrsg.), Hochschulzugang und Studium nicht-traditioneller Studierender: Die Situation in Österreich, Deutschland und der Schweiz (S. 9-21). Graz: Verein Forum Neue Medien in der Lehre Austria. https://doi.org/10.3217/zfhe-17-04/01

Hochschulzugang und Studium nicht-traditioneller Studierender – Die Situation in Österreich, Deutschland und der Schweiz.

Freitag, W. K., Kerst, C., & Ordemann, J. (Hrsg.) (2022).
Hochschulzugang und Studium nicht-traditioneller Studierender – Die Situation in Österreich, Deutschland und der Schweiz [Sonderheft]. ZfHE – Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung, 17(4). Graz: Verein Forum Neue Medien in der Lehre Austria.
Abstract

Providing access to higher education and establishing a conducive framework for lifelong learning are important goals of the European Higher Education Area. In the D-A-CH countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), the group of “non-traditional students” includes graduates of technical and vocational training without a school-based university entrance qualification, employees, family workers and “learners in later life”. Based on current data, and operating from the perspective of diversity and inequality theory, the papers in this issue examine university access regulations, students’ time budgets, the effects of care responsibility, and student dropouts, including during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The evolution of educational wage differentials for women and men in Germany, from 1996 to 2019.

Ordemann, J., & Pfeiffer, F. (2022).
The evolution of educational wage differentials for women and men in Germany, from 1996 to 2019. Journal for Labour Market Research , 2022(17), 1-12.
Abstract

This paper studies the evolution of three higher education wage differentials from 1996 to 2019 in Germany. We distinguish between degrees from academic universities, degrees from universities of applied sciences, and the master craftsman\craftswoman certificate. The educational reference category is a standard degree within the German vocational education and training system. Based on samples of male and female workers from the Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP), regression methods show that all three educational wage differentials in 2019 exceeded the ones in 1996. However, workers graduating from universities experienced an inverse u-shape pattern with a maximum of about 0.5 log points around 2012....

Nicht-traditionelle Hochschulabsolventinnen und Hochschulabsolventen und der Arbeitsmarkt.

Ordemann, J. (2022).
Nicht-traditionelle Hochschulabsolventinnen und Hochschulabsolventen und der Arbeitsmarkt. In Wolter & C. Kerst (Hrsg.), Studierfähigkeit beruflich Qualifizierter ohne schulische Studienberechtigung. Studienvoraussetzungen, Studienverläufe und Studienerfolg (S. 289-310). Wiesbaden: Springer.

The Evolution of Educational Wage Differentials for Women and Men, from 1996 to 2019.

Ordemann, J., & Pfeiffer, F. (2021).
The Evolution of Educational Wage Differentials for Women and Men, from 1996 to 2019. ZEW Discussion Paper (21-066). Mannheim: ZEW.
Abstract

This paper studies the evolution of three higher education wage differentials from 1996 to 2019 in Germany, a period when significant changes in the educational composition of the workforce took place. Based on regression analysis and samples of male and female workers from the Socio-Economic Panel Study, the study finds that while all three educational wage differentials increased, workers graduating from universities experienced an inverted u-shape pattern, reaching a plateau between 2011 and 2015. We argue that the decline which began after 2015, and which is detectable as well in the occupational prestige scores, may have resulted from a relative educational upskilling of the workforce as well as changes in the subject composition.

The 2021 ASA Virtual Annual Meeting Newsletter Issue.

Ordemann, J. (2021).
The 2021 ASA Virtual Annual Meeting Newsletter Issue. 7 (3). Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.
Abstract

The 2021 August Newsletter Issue with a symposium about the virtual meeting topic "Rising to the Du Boisian Challenge: IPMs Contribution to Activism vs. Science".

The 2021 June Newsletter Issue.

Ordemann, J. (2021).
The 2021 June Newsletter Issue. mit einem Symposium zu (New) Qualitative and Quantitative Methodological Approaches to Capturing Inequality, Mobility, or Poverty. 7 (2). Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.

Grenzen im Trend zu höherer Bildung. Aktuelle Entwicklungen und Herausforderungen im Schulwesen.

Mank, S., Schulz, S. M., Ordemann, J., Kühne, S., & Maaz, K. (2021).
Grenzen im Trend zu höherer Bildung. Aktuelle Entwicklungen und Herausforderungen im Schulwesen. Schulverwaltung Niedersachsen(4), 100-104.

ASA IPM Newsletter February 2021 with a Symposium about "The relevance of COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and the U.S. election for future IPM research: How will these issues change the future of inequality, poverty and mobility research?".

Ordemann, J. (Hrsg.). (2021).
ASA IPM Newsletter February 2021 with a Symposium about "The relevance of COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and the U.S. election for future IPM research: How will these issues change the future of inequality, poverty and mobility research?". 7 (1). Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.

Non-traditional students and alumni in Germany.

Brändle, T., & Ordemann, J. (2020).
Non-traditional students and alumni in Germany [Sonderheft]. Studia paedagogica, 25(4)(Non-Traditional Students in Tertiary Education), 35-50.
Abstract

This article gives an overview about current research on non-traditional students and alumni in Germany. Its aim is to highlight similarities and differences with their traditional counterparts. The paper concentrates on the motivation to study, study performance, and labor market success (status and income) of those who do not hold a traditional higher education entrance certificate but entered university via occupational qualifications. We show a widespread divergence in findings from no statistical difference at all to clear differences between non-traditional and traditional students and alumni. This holds true with regard to student motivation, study performance, and labor market success after graduation.

Durchlässigkeit bei steigenden Bildungsbedarfen: aktuelle Trends und Herausforderungen im deutschen Bildungswesen.

Kühne, S., Maaz, K., Mank, S., Ordemann, J., & Schulz, S. (2020).
Durchlässigkeit bei steigenden Bildungsbedarfen: aktuelle Trends und Herausforderungen im deutschen Bildungswesen. Recht der Jugend und des Bildungswesens, 272-278.
Abstract

The presented article deals with recent trends in the German education system as identified in the national report “Education in Germany 2020”. It illustrates those trends by using examples from the school system and, furthermore, describes the challenges that arise. Special attention is given to the focus topic of education in a digitized world.

The National Report on Education – Germany.

Ordemann, J., Maaz, K., & Kühne, S. (2020).
The National Report on Education – Germany. In C. Oggenfuß & S. Wolter (Hrsg.), CIDREE Yearbook 2020 (S. 41-54). Berlin: SKBF-CSRE.
Abstract

This contribution gives an overview of the German Report on Education. Published every two years, the indicator-based report takes a holistic approach to the German education system, from preschool to primary and secondary school to adult education. The article outlines the scope of the report and details its target audiences. Following this, the contribution describes the legislative framework of the report its legal foundation in Germany's Basic Law and its part in the strategy of educational monitoring in Germany. Then, it addresses the report's conceptual foundations, with its underlying characteristics, understanding of education, and indicator concept. Finally, the contribution presents findings from the German Report on Education.

Studium ohne Abitur.

Ordemann (2019).
Studium ohne Abitur. Bildungserträge nichttraditioneller Hochschulabsolventen im Vergleich. Life Course Research Series. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Bildungsprozesse im Lebensverlauf: Der kontinuierliche Erwerb von schulischen Bildungsabschlüssen.

Maaz, K., & Ordemann (2019).
Bildungsprozesse im Lebensverlauf: Der kontinuierliche Erwerb von schulischen Bildungsabschlüssen. In G. Quenzel & K. Hurrelmann (Hrsg.), Bildungsarmut (S. 335-467). Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Soziale Herkunft, Statusreproduktion und Studium ohne Abitur.

Ordemann (2018).
Soziale Herkunft, Statusreproduktion und Studium ohne Abitur. Sozialer Fortschritt, 67(4), 269-282.
Abstract

The following paper inquires if studying without an official university entrance certification decreases the relationship between social origin and status attainment for those non-traditionals. Using data of the starting cohort adults SC6 7.0.0 of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) I can show, that after five years in the labor market, the social origins of non-traditionals from the lower and middle classes have no effect on their status attainment, whereas it still effects – negatively - the status attainment of those non-traditionals from higher classes.

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Erträge hochschulischer Bildung.

Ordemann, J. (2022, November).
Erträge hochschulischer Bildung. Vortrag auf dem Kolloquium Forschungskolloquium 11 | 2022, Leibniz Forschungszentrums Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft (LCSS), Hannover, Deutschland.

Forty and over the scientific hill?

Ordemann, J., & Naegele, L. (2022, November).
Forty and over the scientific hill? Vortrag auf der Konferenz CIDER-LERN 2022, Universität Luxemburg, CIDER, Leibniz Education, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxemburg.

Baby Boomers‘ monetary returns on education. A comparison with their direct down- and Upstream cohorts.

Ordemann, J. (2022, Oktober).
Baby Boomers‘ monetary returns on education. A comparison with their direct down- and Upstream cohorts. Vortrag auf der Konferenz 2022 SLLS Annual International Conference, Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies (SLLS). Growing Up and Growing Older Across Societies: Harnessing the Power of Comparative Research, Cleveland, USA.

Monetary returns to higher education: A comparison of babyboomers age 45-60 with their direct down- and upstream cohorts.

Ordemann, J. (2022, Oktober).
Monetary returns to higher education: A comparison of babyboomers age 45-60 with their direct down- and upstream cohorts. Vortrag auf der Tagung 4th Forum „Higher Education and the Labour Market“ (HELM 2022), DZHW und IAB, Nürnberg.

Forty and Over The Academic Hill? Wissenschaftliche Karrierewege von älteren Promovierten in die Entfristung.

Ordemann, J., & Naegele, L. (2022, September).
Forty and Over The Academic Hill? Wissenschaftliche Karrierewege von älteren Promovierten in die Entfristung. Vortrag auf dem Kongress Polarisierte Welten. 41. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sozio­lo­gie, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie, Bielefeld, Deutschland.

Wo wird gearbeitet (werden)? Forschung zum zukünftigen Arbeitsmarkt.

Ordemann, J. (2022, September).
Teilnahme an der Podiumsdiskussion Wo wird gearbeitet (werden)? Forschung zum zukünftigen Arbeitsmarkt Talking about Careers, Career Center der Universität Hamburg, Online.

Baby Boomers’ careers before entering retirement.

Ordemann, J. (2022, September).
Baby Boomers’ careers before entering retirement. Poster auf dem Symposium 3. Japanese-American-German Frontiers of Science Symposium, Alexander von Humboldt; Foundation Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Ivine, CA, USA, USA.

Forty and Over The Academic Hill - Altersdiskriminierung in wissenschaftlichen Karrierewegen?

Naegele, L., & Ordemann, J. (2022, September).
Forty and Over The Academic Hill - Altersdiskriminierung in wissenschaftlichen Karrierewegen? Vortrag auf der Konferenz Altern im Spannungsfeld von Resilienz und Vulnerabilität, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gerontologie und Geriatrie e.V. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geriatrie e.V., Frankfurt am Main.

The Evolution of Educational Wage Differentials for Women and Men, from 1996 to 2019.

Ordemann, J., & Pfeiffer, F. (2022, Juni/Juli).
The Evolution of Educational Wage Differentials for Women and Men, from 1996 to 2019. Vortrag auf der Konferenz SOEP 2022 - 14th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference, DIW, Berlin, Deutschland.

Changing Academic Careers II Lecture Series.

Carstensen, J., Euler, T., Fabian, G., Gäckle, S., Goldan, L., ... & Schwabe, U. (2022, Juni/Juli).
Workshop Changing Academic Careers II Lecture Series, DZHW, Universität Würzburg, LCSS, Universität Hannover, Hannover (online).

Wohlstand, Reichtum, Erbenglück – Für Ostdeutsche ein Wunschtraum?

Ordemann, J. (2022, Mai).
Teilnahme an der Podiumsdiskussion Wohlstand, Reichtum, Erbenglück – Für Ostdeutsche ein Wunschtraum? Fakt ist, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Erfurt.

Vocationally Qualified Alumni and the Labor Market. Income Trajectories of Higher Education Alumni with and without Occupational Experience.

Ordemann, J. (2022, April).
Vocationally Qualified Alumni and the Labor Market. Income Trajectories of Higher Education Alumni with and without Occupational Experience. Vortrag auf der Konferenz Social Stratification and Social Policy for a Post-Covid19 World (RC28 Spring Meeting), London School of Economics, UK, London, United Kingdom.

Vocationally qualified alumni and the labor market. Different shades of human capital.

Ordemann, J. (2022, März).
Vocationally qualified alumni and the labor market. Different shades of human capital. In C. Artelt, J. Baumert, & H.-G. Rossbach (Vorsitz), C01-Longitudinal analysis using NEPS data. auf der Tagung 9. GEBF-Jahrestagung, Universität Bamberg und Leibniz-Institut für Bildungsverläufe (LIfBi), Bamberg.

It’s the personality stupid? Structural and individual determinants of tertiary education and degree attainment.

Ordemann, J. (2022, März).
It’s the personality stupid? Structural and individual determinants of tertiary education and degree attainment. Vortrag auf der Tagung 9. GEBF-Jahrestagung, Universität Bamberg und Leibniz-Institut für Bildungsverläufe (LIfBi), Bamberg.

Vertical and Horizontal (Mis)match Among Highly Qualified - Measurement Issues, Determinants and Consequences.

Carstensen, J., Euler, T., Fabian, G., Goldan, L., Grüttner, M., ... & Schwabe, U. (2021, November).
Vertical and Horizontal (Mis)match Among Highly Qualified - Measurement Issues, Determinants and Consequences, DZHW Research Cluster "Returns to Tertiary Education", DZHW Hannover.
Curriculum Vitae
Professional Career
since 11/2020

Senior Researcher (Post-Doc) at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW)

11/2018 - 10/2020

Scientific Coordinator at the DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education

02/2017 - 09/2018

Junior Researcher at the DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education

04/2014 - 01/2017

Junior Researcher at the University of Leipzig

04/2012 - 03/2014

Junior Researcher at the University of Hamburg

04/2009 - 03/2012

Student Researcher at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)

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Education and Academic Degrees
2014 - 2019

PhD in sociology at the University of Leipzig

2010 - 2011

Master in sociology at the Free University Berlin

2006 - 2010

Bachelor in cultural studies with focus on sociology at the Long Distance Learning University Hagen