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The Effect of Geographic Locale on Access to Work-Related Experiential Activities (WREAs)

Study Summary

This NSF-funded multi-institution study seeks to examine students’ access to work-related experiential activities (WREAs) relative to their postsecondary institution’s proximity to major economic and workforce regions. This research will provide a more comprehensive portrait of WREAs from the multiple perspectives of college students, career officials, employers, and recently-hired alumni affiliated with six diverse universities across urban, rural and suburban campuses in Georgia. We are excited to be working with colleagues at: UGA, Valdosta State University, Savannah State University, Mercer University, Kennesaw State University and Georgia Tech. The notion of opportunities based on place and space is a critical component of this project. Geospatial analyses will also be included to visualize WREA locations in relation to students’ home and college locations, labor options, and amenities available in each area.

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