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Rural-Nonrural Disparities in Postsecondary Educational Attainment Revisited

Byun, S., Meece, J.L., & Irvin, M.J.
American Educational Research Journal, 49(3): 412-437 (2012)

DOI: 10.3102/0002831211416344 Information about DOI

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Using data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study, this study revisited rural-nonrural disparities in educational attainment by considering a comprehensive set of factors that constrain and support youth’s college enrollment and degree completion. Results showed that rural students were more advantaged in community social resources compared to nonrural students, and these resources were associated with a significant increase in the likelihood of bachelor’s degree attainment. Yet results confirmed that rural students lagged behind nonrural students in attaining a bachelor’s degree largely due to their lower socioeconomic background. The findings present a more comprehensive picture of the complexity of geographic residence in shaping college enrollment and degree attainment.

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