Disconnected from Higher Education

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Disconnected from Higher Education

How Geography and Internet Speed Limit Access to Higher Education

Abstract

Approximately 3 million American adults lack access to both online and physical institutes of higher education. Research has identified "education deserts," where access to university campuses is limited by geography. This study is the first to examine the intersection of physical education deserts with online education deserts, where access to broadband needed for online education is limited. Although online education is not a perfect substitute for learning in a physical classroom, increasing access to online coursework is a common response to the issue of education deserts.

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