Research in Higher Education

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 269–288 | Cite as

Rural Iowa youth: A descriptive summary of postsecondary persistence five years after high school

  • Kimberly A. Schonert
  • Judi P. Elliott
  • David B. Bills


Eleven small rural high schools from school districts with less than 300 students were randomly selected from 98 such districts in Iowa. Students from the high school graduating class of 1983 were contacted and sent a survey to gain information regarding family background, high school experiences, and post-high school achievements. Data were also gathered from students' transcripts as well as from interviews with high school personnel and students. Overall, the results of this investigation indicate that rural Iowa adolescents believe that they received a quality education in their small rural schools. Evidence supporting this assertion comes from the finding that 80 percent of these youth went on to some sort of postsecondary education, with the majority staying until degree completion. Differences between students in two-year programs and four-year programs emerged. Results are discussed with regard to the influence of the rural school and community in facilitating postsecondary persistence.


High School School District Education Research Quality Education Family Background 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kimberly A. Schonert
    • 3
  • Judi P. Elliott
    • 1
  • David B. Bills
    • 2
  1. 1.RMC Research CorporationUSA
  2. 2.University of IowaUSA
  3. 3.Committee on Human DevelopmentUniversity of ChicagoChicago

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