A geographical classification of Master's Colleges and Universities

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dc.contributor Hardy, David E.
dc.contributor Ostar, Allan W.
dc.contributor Schumacker, Randall E.
dc.contributor Adams, Natalie G.
dc.contributor Zhao, Chun-Mei
dc.contributor.advisor Katsinas, Stephen G.
dc.contributor.author Kinkead, John Clinton
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-28T22:22:03Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-28T22:22:03Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000144
dc.identifier.other Kinkead_alatus_0004D_10172
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/650
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This study had two primary objectives. First, this study sought to create a classification system to which publicly-controlled Carnegie classified Master's Colleges and Universities could be grouped according to geographical service (rural-serving, suburban-serving, or urban-serving. Second, once the classification system was developed and applied, the study, using descriptive statistics, sought to describe selected characteristics of these institutions. The variables chosen to describe these institutions included membership status in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), student unduplicated headcount enrollments, number of degrees awarded, student race/ethnicity, student financial aid, and student loan indebtedness. Using population data from the 2000 United States decennial census, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), this study had four major findings. First, most (94%) of publicly-controlled Carnegie classified Master's Colleges and Universities are participating members of AASCU. Second, publicly-controlled Carnegie classified Master's Colleges and Universities are approximately 61% rural-serving, 21% suburban-serving, and 17% urban-serving. Of the 2.5 million students enrolled during academic year 2006-07, 50% were enrolled in a rural-serving institution, while 25% and 24% were enrolled in suburban-serving and urban-serving institutions, respectively. Third, publicly-controlled Carnegie classified Master's Colleges and Universities enroll and graduate a very diverse student body. In total, students at public master's institutions are 61% White, 13% Black, and 11% Hispanic. While this is true in total, significant minority enrollments were observed from the rural, suburban, and urban subclasses. Fourth and finally, student financial aid at public master's institutions has not kept pace with the need for student loans. In nearly every subclass, loans represent the single largest percentage of financial aid. Regretfully, the average loan taken out by a student at a public master's institution is nearly $4,000. Moreover, the suburban-serving sector of public master's institutions posts the highest loan figure of $4,474. The study concludes with recommendations for policy, practice, and future studies. Discussions of the findings with an overall relevance to the future of higher education in the 21st century are offered.
dc.format.extent 200 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Higher Education Administration
dc.title A geographical classification of Master's Colleges and Universities
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies
etdms.degree.discipline Instructional Leadership
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ed.D.


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