Race, Region, and Rurality: Implications for Educational Attainment

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Title: Race, Region, and Rurality: Implications for Educational Attainment
Author: Pickett, Robert Louis
Advisors: Dr. Robert Moxley, Committee Member
Dr. Ronald Wimberley, Committee Chair
Dr. Stephen Lilley, Committee Member
Abstract: The purpose of this research has been to improve the understanding of the social factors influencing educational attainment. Specifically, this research looks at the combined affects of race, region, and type of residence on educational attainment. Past research has shown that African Americans have consistently had very low levels of educational attainment. Other bodies of educational research have shown that residents of the South have had persistently lower levels of educational attainment than any other major region of the country. Furthermore, similar research has revealed that residents of rural areas also tend to have lower educational attainment than other residential areas. As it turns out, the highest concentration of African Americans and the highest concentration of rural Americans, reside in the South. It is this intersection, as it relates to educational attainment, that is the focus of this research. Data was obtained from the 2000 General Social Survey (GSS) and is analyzed using ordinary-least-squares regression.
Date: 2004-04-21
Degree: MS
Discipline: Sociology
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/922

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