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Reflections on a Decade of Changes in Homeschooling and the Homeschooled Into Higher Education

Peabody Journal of Education: Issues of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, Vol. 88, No. 3

Gene W. Gloeckner, Colorado State University
Paul Jones
, Georgia College and State University


This article reviews selected research on successes of homeschooled students over the past decade. The article raises several methods issues, especially related to sampling issues and recent changes in some state laws. In addition the article reviews research collected from college admission's officers’ on their perceptions and attitudes relate to homeschooled students. The comparative results of the studies reported in this review, combined with the data collected from college admission officers provides evidence that homeschooling is an effective alternative path to college for the children of many families.


Gene W. Gloeckner is a Professor in the School of Education at Colorado State University. He is Chair of the Research Methods program and teaches quantitative and mixed methods design classes. He has had more than 40 doctoral advisees graduate from CSU. He obtained his B.S. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and his master's degree from Colorado State University. This is his 25th year at Colorado State University and he previously worked at Montana State University, Illinois State University, and Ohio State.

Dr. Paul Jones is the Vice President for Administration and Operations and Professor of Educational Administration at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. Dr. Jones brings nearly 27 years of experience in higher education with twenty years of enrollment management experience at four different institutions in the State of Colorado, Georgia, Maryland and Utah. He has also served in several diverse leadership roles throughout his career, including interim President, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Vice President and Chief of Staff, and Assistant to the President. Dr. Jones holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University and a bachelor's and master's degree from Utah State University.