PSC 2101 Research Project 1

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PSC Scopes and Methods: Research Project 1 Carley Grable Higher education in is one of the biggest contributors to personal debt in the 21 st century the United States. Over the past three decades, the cost of tuition has increased by approximately 1200%. Although over this period college enrollment has increased substantially, increased tuition prices have a major impact on the number, and the types, of students that choose to enroll. In a society where, in order to obtain a well-paying, stable job, a college degree is absolutely necessary, higher tuition rates and lower enrollment seriously limits individual’s access to jobs. The importance of this issue in relation to the current trend of government funding and aid given to students as well as states beginning to recognize the need for more affordable education therefore begs the research question “Does lower tuition cost increase first-year enrollment rates at state colleges and universities in the United States?” For many state higher education institutions, the statistics of admission and enrollment are two of the most important pieces of information that the university receives each year. The dependent variable of this study is first-year enrollment rates at state colleges and universities. This variable is measured at the ratio level as it is a percentage of
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