Date of Award
Doctor of Education (Ded)
Dr. Laura Schulte
Dr. Leon Dappen
Dr. Neal Grandgenett
Dr. Larry Dlugosh
Opponents of school consolidation often argue that when a community loses a high school the community dies a slow death. This paper compares the actual effects of losing or retaining a high school through consolidation to the perceived effects. The actual effects were measured by gathering data on seven indicators. These indicators were: (a) population, (b) per capita income, (c) retail sales, (d) number of retail businesses, (e) pull factor, (f) property taxes, and (g) property valuations. Perceived effects were measured by gathering information from 180 phone surveys conducted with people in nine Nebraska communities that had recently consolidated These respondents were asked if they felt a change had occurred in each of the seven indicators and whether they felt the change was due to consolidation.
Heinz, Ken, "The real and perceived social and economic impact of school consolidation on host and vacated communities in Nebraska" (2005). Student Work. 3430.
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