Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Janet Applin (Director), Nedra Atwell, Gail Kirby

Degree Program

Educational Leadership Doctoral Program

Degree Type

Doctor of Education


In order to compare the postsecondary success rates of students with disabilities in rural areas to those in urban areas in Kentucky, data were accessed from the Kentucky Postsecondary Outcome Study, a longitudinal study created to monitor the employment and education status of students with disabilities during their final year of high school and one year after exiting high school. U.S. Census data were also utilized to determine various demographic information and rural or urban classification of selected areas. Results show that the geographic classification as rural and suburban has a strong relationship with the postsecondary outcome for students with disabilities in Kentucky. Those from urban classification areas were more likely to enroll in postsecondary training or school than students from rural and suburban classification areas.


Disability and Equity in Education | Education | Educational Leadership