NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Back to results
ERIC Number: ED564762
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 116
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3036-3637-0
Factors That Influence College Choice: Decisions of Graduate Students
Sheppard, Jody Sue
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Texas A&M University - Commerce
Beginning in the early 1980s, reduction in the funding of education has been a trend. As a solution to the funding issue, colleges and universities have turned towards tuition to make up the deficit; therefore, a need arises to enroll more students. Marketing higher education programs has now become an integral part to raising enrollment to meet financial goals. Many studies exist on various subpopulations of graduate students whether by location or some other identifying demographic, and a need for a general national sample is documented. This study was designed to determine what factors influence prospective graduate students when making a decision as to what institution they prefer to pursue their graduate degree. Additionally, the study attempted to determine if those factors vary based on the type of institution that the prospective student has chosen to attend. The stratified random national sample was chosen from the universities listed in the Carnegie classification list, and a total of 1,584 students from 30 universities across the United States responded to the online survey. All 66 factors were ranked by importance. The top five factors were then analyzed for differences based on the type of university as established by the Carnegie Foundation. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
ProQuest LLC. 789 East Eisenhower Parkway, P.O. Box 1346, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Tel: 800-521-0600; Web site:
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A