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Title:  Stated Briefly: College enrollment patterns for rural Indiana high school graduates
Description: This "Stated Briefly" report is a companion piece that summarizes the results of another report of the same name. This study examined 1) average distances traveled to attend college, (2) presumptive college eligibility, (3) differences between two-year and four-year college enrollment, (4) differences in enrollment related to differences in colleges' selectivity, and (5) degree of "undermatching" (i.e., enrolling in a college less selective than one's presumptive eligibility suggested) for rural and nonrural graduates among Indiana's 2010 high school graduates. "Presumptive eligibility" refers to the highest level of college selectivity for which a student is presumed eligible for admission, as determined by academic qualifications. The researchers obtained student-level, school-level, and university-related data from Indiana's state longitudinal data system on the 64,534 students who graduated from high school in 2010. Of the original sample, 30,624 graduates entered a public two-year or four-year college in the fall immediately after high school graduation. Data were analyzed using Chi-square tests, GIS analysis, and hierarchical generalized linear models. Rural and nonrural graduates enrolled in college at similar rates, but rural graduates enrolled more frequently in two-year colleges than nonrural graduates. About one third of rural graduates enrolled in colleges that were less selective than colleges for which they were presumptively eligible. Rural graduates travel farther to attend both two-year and less selective four-year colleges than nonrural graduates.
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Cover Date: May 2016
Web Release: May 24, 2016
Print Release: May 24, 2016
Publication #: REL 2016150
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Center/Program: REL
Associated Centers: NCEE
Authors: Elisabeth Davis, Matthew R. Burke, Jennifer L. Stephan, and Erin Roth: American Institutes for Research
Type of Product: Stated Briefly
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Questions: For questions about the content of this Stated Briefly, please contact:
Amy Johnson.