Changing patterns of demand for higher education services have generated considerable interest in research into the factors governing the choices students make when they apply to colleges and universities. Recently, one unit of New York State government has undertaken some preliminary research into this subject. More substantial and sophisticated efforst are also under way as part of an inter-agency cooperative research project which has as its objective the development of a model of the demand for higher education services in New York State. This article, written by Walter T. Kicinski, chief, and Neal M. Soss, staff economist, of the Program Analysis and Review Unit, New York State Division of the Budget, describes this potentially significant effort and includes the preliminary results of research already completed.
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