Brief Disconnected from Higher Education
How Geography and Internet Speed Limit Access to Higher Education
Victoria Rosenboom, Kristin Blagg
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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.

Research Areas Education
Tags Higher education Technology and future of learning and training Building America’s Workforce Building America’s Workforce
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center Center on Education Data and Policy