Projects, Grants & Contracts

High School Aspirations and Resources


The High School Aspirations and Resources project entails a national survey of 8,600 adolescents, 700 teachers and 1,200 parents in 73 randomly selected rural high schools across the country. Survey results provide important information regarding plans and preparation of rural youth for the postsecondary transition to education, work or community life.

This project is part of the School of Education’s National Research Center on Rural Education Support.

Key findings to date include:

  • A majority of rural youth (86 percent) plan to continue their education beyond high school.
  • A large percentage of rural youth plan to pursue professional careers that require a college degree (38 percent) or an advanced degree (38 percent).
  • Rural youth report a lack of opportunities to explore different career options, receive information on postsecondary education options or take advanced courses and tests needed for college readiness.
Principal Investigator:

Judith Meece

Funding Dates:

2004 - 2009

Funding Source(s):

Institute of Education Sciences