ERIC Number: EJ1059573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Rural-Nonrural Differences in College Attendance Patterns
Byun, Soo-Yong; Irvin, Matthew J.; Meece, Judith L.
Peabody Journal of Education, v90 n2 p263-279 2015
Using data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, this study documented college attendance patterns of rural youth in terms of the selectivity of first postsecondary institution of attendance, the timing of transition to postsecondary education, and the continuity of enrollment. The study also examined how these college attendance patterns among rural students differed from those among their nonrural counterparts and which factors explained these rural-nonrural differences. Results showed that rural youth were less likely than their nonrural counterparts to attend a selective institution. In addition, rural youth were more likely to delay entry to postsecondary education compared to their urban counterparts. Finally, rural students were less likely than their urban counterparts to be continuously enrolled in college. Much of these rural-nonrural disparities in college attendance patterns were explained by rural-nonrural differences in socioeconomic status and high school preparation. Policy implications, limitations of the study, and future research directions are also discussed.
Descriptors: College Students, Attendance Patterns, Rural Youth, Urban Youth, Enrollment, School Choice, Academic Persistence, Socioeconomic Status, College Preparation, College Readiness, Longitudinal Studies, Regression (Statistics), Comparative Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: R24HD041025