Planning for Higher Education Journal

How Far Will Commuters Travel?

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From Volume 25 Number 1 | Fall 1996
By Gary L. Donhardt

An survey of more than 7,000 students, teachers, citizens, and business persons reveals several factors for institutions to consider when planning the best way to meet the needs of their existing and potential commuter population. Suggests that for most students, proximity and cost are more important that institutional prestige. Also, travel time, rather than actual distance, significantly impacts a commuting student’s choice to attend a particular institution. Additionally, students would prefer more weekend instruction, in contrast with a general faculty preference for mid-week teaching schedules.

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