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White paper,UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA – LINCOLN, DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, Fall 2014
This research aims to examine the relationship between population change and college readiness in Nebraska. Nebraska as well as three counties: Box Butte County, Lancaster County, and Scotts Bluff County were used as locations for this study. The process for analyzing the relationship is done in three parts. First, data was collected from the Nebraska Department of Education about high school variables such as teacher characteristics and attendance rates. Next, U.S. Census Bureau data was used to create socio-economic standards for the various locations. Finally, the high school variables and socio-economic standards were compared to several college readiness indicators to find correlations. Largely, it was discovered that population change held no discernable effect on college readiness, though; other trends such as the teacher count series were discovered. Moving forward, further research will need to be conducted at a more individual school level to realize the effects of population change as it relates to college readiness.