Analysis of College Student Migration in Oklahoma

Authors: Allen Finchum*, Oklahoma State University, Kellen Bullock, Oklahoma State University
Topics: Higher Education, Applied Geography, Migration
Keywords: Higher Education, Migration, Gravity Model
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Presentation File: Download

This poster will present initial results of analysis of college student movement between the seventy-seven Oklahoma Counties and the numerous four-year public colleges and universities in the state. The analysis is based on earlier research using similar data for Tennessee, and applying a Logit Based Gravity Model to determine expected numbers of student by county to the universities across Oklahoma. Oklahoma has a large number of regional campuses originally opened to serve residents before the existence of an extensive roadway network. In addition Oklahoma has two flagship public univerisjties (The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University) both situated in the central region of the state. In-state students to the various campuses comprise the large majority of undergraduates at all of the institutions, and a better understanding of how various counties are represented and served by the overall university system as well as the different types of campuses can provide insight to policy and decision makers on how well the system is serving the people of Oklahoma. By using the Logit Model as the basis of the larger gravity model a more thorough analysis of student choice among the campuses can be completed.

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