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  • 1. What Factors InfluenceWhere a Student Choosesto Attend College? Lisa Scheese November 1, 2011
  • 2.  College access means a student has enough information to make an informed college decision. College choice theories are based on the assumption of equitable access. (Bergerson 2009) However, research indicates a stratification of higher education. (Radford, Tasoff, & Weko 2009).
  • 3.  Hossler and Gallagher (1987)  Predisposition  Search  Choice Paulsen (1990)  Sociological  Psychological  Economic Perna (2006)  Individual Habitus  School and Community Context  Higher Education Context  Social, Economic and Policy Context Tierney and Venegas’s Cultural Framework (2009)  Educational  Familial  Community  Out of Class Environments
  • 4.  Four Main Areas of Influence  Amenities  Location  Core Competencies  Relationships
  • 5.  Extreme Dorms (Steinberg & Brodie 2011) Recreational Facilities Campus Dining Options
  • 6.  Median Distance of College Selection = 94 miles Nationally 72% stay in their home state 86% attend college in their home region  In Missouri, 73% stay in-state Columbia (Mattern and Wyatt 2009).
  • 7.  What is a core competency?  Areas in which the institution excels or offers expertise better than the competition. Program Department Institution
  • 8.  Anyone the student comes in contact with that influences him or her to make a choice.
  • 9.  1) Focus on your strengths. 2) People are often your best strength. 3) Relationships influence college choice.
  • 10.  Bergerson, A. (2009). College Choice and Access to College. ASHE Higher Education Report, 35(4), 1-62. doi:10.1002/aehe.3504 Mattern, K. & Wyatt, J. (2009). Student Choice of College: How Far Do Students Go For An Education? Journal of College Admission. 203, 18-29. Radford, Tasoff, & Weko. (2009).Statistics Issue Tables. National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 20, 2011 from http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2011033 Steinberg & Brodie. (2011). Dorms go extreme to lure students. CNN Living. Retrieved October 20, 2011 from http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/22/living/dorm- rooms/index.html