Date of Award

6-2-2011

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

M.S.

Keywords

High school students, graduation and dropout rates, Pikes Peak region, Spatial analysis

Department

Geography

First Advisor

Jeffrey Kreeger

Second Advisor

Steven R. Hick

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to examine graduation and dropout rates for high school students to determine if a correlation could be found with respect to the relative school distance from a military installation in the Pikes Peak region. Spatial analysis and Ordinary Least Squares analysis were used to build a linear regression model to predict student graduation and dropout rates. The results for the total student population for graduation rates and for dropout rates showed no statistically significant correlation with respect to the relative proximity to a military installation. Detailed analysis revealed that several minority and gender subgroups showed statistically significant correlations.

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