Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Jack McKay

Second Advisor

Dr. Marilyn L. Grady

Third Advisor

Dr. John W. Hill

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Laura Elizabeth Schulte


The purpose of this study was to determine if there were statistically significant differences in the factors or people who influenced general population students as compared to top academic students in their choice of college/university. Influences were delineated according to factors or people because recruitment strategies must differ based on these categories. These analyses determined the impact the demographic characteristics of students' gender, community type, high school size, high school type, and anticipated college/major had on higher education choice.


A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska in Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education. Copyright 2003 Winnie L. Callahan.

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