Teachers College, Columbia University

The Role of Geography in College Choice and Success: Gaps and Solutions

Date and Time: November 12, 2020 11:00–11:55 AM
Location: Online
Venue: APPAM Virtual Fall Research Conference | Room 7

This panel examined how geography and resources influence students’ decisions about whether—and where—to enroll in postsecondary education, in addition to student progress toward a college degree. Two papers describe how and when geography contributes to inequality in college participation, while the remaining two offer suggestive evidence that addressing barriers to federal and institutional resources may address those gaps. Together, these papers use a combination of descriptive and quasi-experimental methods with state-level and nationally representative data to tell a story about how policies can address barriers to college access stemming from geography and students’ life circumstances.


Lena Shi
Doctoral Candidate in Education Policy
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Community College Research Center
Angela Boatman
Assistant Professor
Vanderbilt University
Celeste K. Carruthers
Associate Professor
University of Tennessee