On average, how far away from home do graduating high school seniors go to attend college?
Representatives for the admissions department of a small college decided to do a study in order to answer this question. To gather data, they contacted a random sample of graduating seniors and asked them to identify both their home town and the college or university that they would be attending.
From this information, they determined the approximate distance that each student would be traveling to attend college and then calculated the average.
What was the goal of gathering this information?