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Changing Residency Patterns at State Schools Following the Great Recession

Authors: John Sharp*, SUNY-New Paltz
Topics: Higher Education, Economic Geography, Population Geography
Keywords: American colleges & universities, tuition, residency status, state & local scale
Session Type: Lightning Paper
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In the wake of the Great Recession, there has been an effort on the part of public universities to attract more out-of-state students to make up for budgetary shortfalls, particularly at more elite flagship universities (primarily R1 institutions). The trend has been less pronounced at smaller state schools, yet it is evident there too. However, most research has been at the national scale, leaving gaps in our knowledge of what is taking place across states and regions. This research aims to fill in those gaps, examining the trend toward out-of-state students at the state and regional scale using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System with a particular focus on regional trends and state anomalies.

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