ERIC Number: EJ1111141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 98
Geography of College Opportunity: The Case of Education Deserts
Hillman, Nicholas W.
American Educational Research Journal, v53 n4 p987-1021 Aug 2016
When students choose where to attend college, they often stay in close proximity to home and work. Much of the college choice literature, however, does not engage with the importance of geography in shaping educational destinations. Using county and commuting zone data from various federal sources, this study finds that the number of local colleges varies along lines of race and class. Communities with large Hispanic populations and low educational attainment have the fewest alternatives nearby, while White and Asian communities tend to have more. These can result in education deserts, or places where opportunities richly available for some communities are rare (or even nonexistent) in others.
Descriptors: College Choice, School Location, Access to Education, Race, Social Class, Geographic Location, Community Characteristics, Public Colleges, Private Colleges, Two Year Colleges, Educational Attainment, Equal Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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