Exploring Factors that Influence Post-Secondary Enrollment in Rural Communities
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership Undergraduate Research Theses; 2020
The purpose of this research project was to understand better the factors that influence post-secondary enrollment in rural communities. Several quantitative studies have examined rural students' school experiences and post-secondary aspirations and provide the foundation for this study. This qualitative case study employed one-on-one interviews and document review at a rural high school in southeastern Ohio. The purpose of this research was to explore the lived experience of rural high school students and the influence of economic and social factors on their post-secondary aspirations. The objectives of this study were to: (1) describe students' post-graduation aspirations, (2) examine the influence of high school faculty, community members, immediate family, and economic resources on student's perceptions of enrolling in higher education, and (3) describe students' knowledge of college readiness programs and opportunities. Findings indicate that students need additional support when it comes to seeking a college degree. Out of the students interviewed, half had teachers who encouraged them to seek a college degree. Furthermore, the individuals that students interact with daily influence the chances of a child seeking higher education.
Academic Major: Agriscience Education