ERIC Number: ED459986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Postsecondary Enrollment and Persistence of Students from Rural Pennsylvania.
This report examines the factors that influence the postsecondary enrollment and persistence of rural Pennsylvania students, compared to students from urban and suburban areas. The National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 provided data on 216 rural, 103 urban, and 323 suburban high school graduates from Pennsylvania. Depending on their status in 1992 and 1994, respondents were labeled as "no postsecondary education (no PSE)," dropouts, late enrollers, or persistent students. "No PSE" accounted for 48 percent of rural students, 28 percent of urban students, and 36 percent of suburban students. Among students who enrolled in college, there were no differences by location for dropouts; suburban students were more likely to be persistent and less likely to be late enrollers than were rural or urban students. Rural students' college enrollment and persistence were significantly related to socioeconomic status, gender, marital status, enrollment in an academic high school program, enrollment in science courses in high school, having friends who thought studying was important, having friends with college plans, parent aspirations, student aspirations, parent involvement in college planning, and employment experiences. Postsecondary persistence was related to types of financial aid received, type of institution attended, acceptance at first-choice institution, and college major. Policy implications are discussed for improving college enrollment and persistence among Pennsylvania's rural students. (SV)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Aspiration, College Attendance, College Preparation, Employment Experience, High School Graduates, High Schools, Higher Education, Parent Influence, Peer Influence, Rural Urban Differences, Rural Youth, Socioeconomic Influences, Student Experience
Center for Rural Pennsylvania, 200 North Third Street, Suite 600, Harrisburg, PA 17101. Tel: 717-787-9555. Web site: http://www.ruralpa.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Rural Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
IES Cited: ED547260