What Factors InfluenceWhere a Student Choosesto Attend College? Lisa Scheese November 1, 2011
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).
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
Four Main Areas of Influence Amenities Location Core Competencies Relationships
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).
What is a core competency? Areas in which the institution excels or offers expertise better than the competition. Program Department Institution
Anyone the student comes in contact with that influences him or her to make a choice.
1) Focus on your strengths. 2) People are often your best strength. 3) Relationships influence college choice.
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