2024 Student Research Conference:
37th Annual Student Research Conference

Self-Efficacy Among Rural Students in Higher Education

Whitney R. Boyce
Dr. Yuna L. Ferguson, Faculty Mentor

This study examines the disparity in self-efficacy between rural and non-rural college students and identifies factors contributing to rural student success. While the literature acknowledges these challenges, there is limited research specifically examining self-efficacy among rural college students. Analyzing data from 107 participants, rural students demonstrate significantly lower self-efficacy compared to their non-rural counterparts. However, no significant difference is found in connectedness and belongingness between the two groups. This could be due to the challenges that rural students face such as peer dropout rates, higher work and family responsibilities, and perceived lack of community support for education. These findings highlight the need for targeted interventions to bolster rural students' self-efficacy and address the unique obstacles they encounter in pursuing higher education. These findings suggest that while rural students may face challenges in self-efficacy, they also possess unique strengths and support systems.

Keywords: Academic Self-Efficacy, Rural Students, Student Success, Belongingness & Connectedness, Higher Education


Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Session: 304-1
Location: SUB Georgian Room C
Time: 12:45

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