ERIC Number: ED363472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Appalachian Access and Success. Research Updates, Number 1.
Ohio Univ., Athens. Inst. for Local Government Administration and Rural Development.
The Appalachian Access and Success Project analyzed the barriers to and influences on access to higher education in the 29-county area of Ohio Appalachia. The research attempted to identify possible points of intervention to improve access rates for high school students entering 2- and 4-year colleges in the region. Surveys of 1,553 high school seniors, 422 parents, 265 high school personnel, and 164 nontraditional college students found that although 80 percent of high school seniors surveyed wanted to attend college, only about 30 percent actually did so. The high cost of higher education was perceived to be a major barrier, but students overestimated the cost of college and were unsure about their parents' income and savings. Parents in the region had a relatively low level of educational attainment, although they believed they encouraged their children to go to college. Teachers and counselors felt they did not receive sufficient information about area colleges and thought that the majority of their students were not educationally prepared for college. Students need to become more informed about resources available to them and how to apply for financial aid. School personnel should help all interested students choose a college-preparatory curriculum. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio Univ., Athens. Inst. for Local Government Administration and Rural Development.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio