Prior research has been conducted examining the effects of multiple attributes' affect on persistence and graduation rates at higher education institutions (HEIs). This research has examined individual, family, peer, neighborhood, and institutional characteristics and their relationship with college graduation rates. There has been very little research conducted on the relationship of regional quality of life (QoL) on educational attainment. This study examined nine separate aspects (Income and Wealth, Housing, Educational Attainment, Work/Life Balance, Health Status, Personal Security, Environmental Quality, Social Capital, and Jobs and Earnings) of QoL to determine their relationship with the graduation rates at both two- and four-year HEIs. It was found that relationships exist between most of the social indicators of QoL and graduation rates. These findings lead to areas of interest that the stakeholders in higher education can consider when making policy changes that effect human capital development.
|Commitee:||Burnett, Brian, Martinez, Sylvia, McCollum, Marianne, Ramirez, Al|
|School:||University of Colorado at Colorado Springs|
|Department:||College of Education - Educational Leadership|
|School Location:||United States -- Colorado|
|Source:||DAI-A 76/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Education Policy, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Higher education institutions, Quality of life|
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