top of page

Articles on Rurality and Higher Education

(Alphabetical order)

Ames, M. E., Wintre, M. G., Pancer, S. M., Pratt, M. W., Birnie-Lefcovitch, S., Polivy, J., ... Adams, G. R. (2014). Rural compared to urban home community settings as predictors of first-year students’ adjustment to university. Journal of College Student Development, 55(2), 208-215.

Byun, S.-Y., Irvin, M. J., & Meece, J. L. (2012). Predictors of bachelor's degree completion among rural students at four-year institutions. Review of Higher Education, 35(3), 463-484.

Byun, S.-Y., Meece, J. L., & Irvin, M. J. (2012). Rural-nonrural disparities in postsecondary educational attainment revisited. American Educational Research Journal, 49(3), 412-437. 

Dunstan, S. B., & Jaeger, A. J. (2016). The role of language in interactions with others on campus for rural Appalachian college students. Journal of College Student Development, 57(1), 47-64

Hillman, N. W. (2016). Geography of college opportunity: The case of education deserts. American Educational Research Journal, 53(4), 987-1021. 

Hlinka, K. R. (2017). Tailoring retention theories to meet the needs of rural Appalachian community college students. Community College Review, 45(2), 144-164.


Koricich, A., Chen, X., & Hughes, R. P. (2018). Understanding the effects of rurality and socioeconomic status on college attendance and institutional choice in the United States. Review of Higher Education, 41(2), 281-305. 

López Turley, R. N. (2009). College proximity: Mapping access to opportunity. Sociology of Education, 82(2), 126-146. 

Manly, C. A., Wells, R. S., & Kommers, S. (2019). Who are rural students? How definitions of rurality affect research on college completion. Research in Higher Education, 61, 764-779. 

McHenry-Sorber, E., & Swisher, K. (2020). Negotiating place and gender: Appalachian women's postsecondary transition experiences. Review of Higher Education, 43(4), 1193-1226.

Means, D. R., Clayton, A. B., Conzelmann, J. G., Baynes, P., & Umbach, P. D. (2016). Bounded aspirations: Rural, African American high school students and college access. Review of Higher Education, 39(4), 543-569.

Rieder Bennett, S. L. (2008). Contextual affordances of rural Appalachian individuals. Journal of Career Development, 34(3), 241-262.

Sowl, S., & Crain, A. (2021). A systematic review of research on rural college access since 2000. The Rural Educator, 42(2), 16-34.

Sowl, S., Smith, R. A., & Brown, M. G. (2021). Rural college graduates: Who comes home? Rural Sociology.

Tran, T. C., & DeFeo, D. J. (2021). Rural students' postsecondary transitions: A human ecological perspective. Journal of College Student Development, 62(4), 455-468.

Wells, R. S., Manly, C. A., Kommers, S., & Kimball, E. (2019). Narrowed gaps and persistent challenges: Examining rural-nonrural disparities in postsecondary outcomes over time. American Journal of Education, 126(1), 1-31.

Whiteside, J. L. (2020). Becoming academically eligible: University enrollment among first-generation rural college goers. Rural Sociology.

Williams-Johnson, M., & Cain, E. J. (2021). Looking toward the future: The educational aspirations of rural African American students. New Directions for Student Services, 2020(171-172), 47-55.

Worsham, R., Clayton, A., & Gaston Gayles, J. (2021). Exploring rural engineering students' college choice process at two land-grant universities. The Rural Educator, 42(3), 28-44.

Articles on Rurality and Education Broadly

(Alphabetical order)

Hawley, L. R., Koziol, N. A., Bovaird, J. A., McCormick, C. M., Welch, G. W., Arthur, A. M., & Bash, K. (2017). Defining and describing rural: Implications for rural special education research and policy. Rural Special Education Quarterly, 35(3), 3-11. 

Means, D. R. (2019). Crucial support, vital aspirations: The college and career aspirations of rural Black and Latinx middle school students in a community- and youth-based leadership program. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 35(1), 1-14.

Thier, M., Longhurst, J. M., Grant, P. D., & Hocking, J. E. (2021). Research deserts: A systematic mapping review of U.S. rural education definitions and geographies. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 37(2), 1-24.

bottom of page