ERIC Number: ED125390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
The Demand for College: The Effect of Local Colleges on Attendance.
Sandell, Steven H.
The effect of local public colleges on total higher education enrollment is examined in this study. While it is apparent that these colleges have attracted many students to their classrooms, this study attempts to find out both how many of these students would have attended other colleges and how many would not have attended at all had the local college not been available. This is done by developing and estimating a demand for an educational model using a human capital framework. The National Longitudinal Surveys provide the opportunity to investigate several important issues related to the attendance decision. The availability of data on family background (including family income), ability, existence of public and private colleges in their area of residence, measures of college quality, and the cost of college attendance allow an examination of the demand for college attendance. The determinants of desired, expected, and actual college attendance for young men and women are examined separately for blacks and whites. Based on the parameter estimates of the model, it is determined that the vast majority of students at local public colleges would have attended other colleges had the local ones not existed. However, the existence of a local two-year public college is associated with greater college attendance among white women and black men. (Author/JMF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Human Resource Research.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, Calif., April, 1976)