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Comparing Postsecondary Enrollment and Persistence Among Rural and Nonrural Students in Oregon


May 2015


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Improving college access and enrollment for all students is a national priority, but are rural students as likely to enroll and persist in college as their urban peers? This study examined how the postsecondary outcomes of rural and nonrural Oregon students varied in terms of college enrollment, enrollment timing, and persistence to graduation. The study also compared outcomes for different subgroups of students.

The analysis found that at all achievement levels, rural students were less likely than their nonrural counterparts to enroll in college and persist to the second year. That suggests that Oregon stakeholders should consider targeting policies and programs to rural students in order to meet the state’s goal of having 80 percent of high school graduates earn a postsecondary degree or credential by 2020.

View, download, and print the report as a PDF file via the IES website.