ERIC Number: ED424830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Choosing a Postsecondary Institution. Statistical Analysis Report. Postsecondary Education Descriptive Analysis Reports.
Choy, Susan P.; Ottinger, Cecilia
This report uses data from the 1995-96 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study to examine the factors that first time students consider when choosing an institution for postsecondary education. Specifically, it describes the importance of reputation, location, price, and influence, and assesses how this varies with student characteristics. Students attending public four-year; private, not-for-profit four-year; and public two-year institutions are considered separately. Highlighted among study findings are the following: beginning students at both public and private, not-for-profit four-year institutions were more likely to cite reputation as the most important reason for choosing their institution; students at public four-year institutions were more likely than students at private, not-for-profit four-year institutions to identify location or price as the most important reason for their choice; and beginning students at public two-year institutions reported location as the most important reason for choosing their institutions. Following an introductory section, individual sections present tables, graphs, and text detailing findings concerning: enrollment patterns, choosing a four-year institution, and choosing a public two-year institution. Appended are a glossary and details on methodology. (DB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.