Predictors of College Attendance Patterns of Rural Youth

Soo yong Byun, Judith L. Meece, Charlotte A. Agger

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Abstract

This study investigated patterns of college attendance using data from a nationwide and contemporary sample of 2112 rural youth. We found that more than half of rural youth attended two-year institutions at some point during their college career and about a fourth initially enrolled in a two-year college before enrolling in a four-year college. Results also revealed that parental education, college preparatory track and preparation experiences, and teacher expectations predicted students’ college attendance patterns. Our findings point to the importance of two-year colleges and highlight the influence of family characteristics and students’ schooling experiences in the postsecondary trajectories of rural youth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)817-842
Number of pages26
JournalResearch in Higher Education
Volume58
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements This research was supported by funding from the Spencer Foundation (Reference No. 201300107) and the Institute of Educational Sciences, U.S. Department of Education (Grant No. #R305A04056). Soo-yong Byun also acknowledges support by Population Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health (R24HD041025). The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the granting agency. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, April 16–20, 2015, Chicago, IL. The authors thank Bryan Hutchins for his assistance with data management.

Funding Information:
This research was supported by funding from the Spencer Foundation (Reference No. 201300107) and the Institute of Educational Sciences, U.S. Department of Education (Grant No. #R305A04056). Soo-yong Byun also acknowledges support by Population Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health (R24HD041025). The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the granting agency. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, April 16?20, 2015, Chicago, IL. The authors thank Bryan Hutchins for his assistance with data management.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017, Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Keywords

  • Attendance patterns
  • Postsecondary education
  • Rural youth

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