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ERIC Number: ED429796
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Identification of Barriers That Confront Rural Students Entering the University System.
Roe, Jennifer
A survey of 16 rural students attending college in Perth, Australia, found that all of them felt disadvantaged because of issues specific to their rural status. These issues were emotional, social, and financial or a combination thereof. The emotional and social concerns were loneliness, making new friends, and learning to adjust to an urban lifestyle, all of which stemmed from the fact that rural students had to leave their home support systems to attend college. However, financial problems were of greatest concern. These difficulties help to explain why rural students have a lower retention rate in higher education, resulting in their minority status in university enrollments and therefore life-improving opportunities. Suggested strategies for improving this situation are the provision of additional financial assistance to all rural students by the government, and the provision of university support groups for rural students, such as counsellors, academic staff, student administration, and medical suites. These strategies could make a critical difference for many rural students undertaking or considering college attendance. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia