Students from rural communities face multiple barriers to higher education, including long commutes, financial strain, and a lack of academic support. New programs are finding ways to shrink those obstacles.
U.S. colleges and universities in rural communities are cutting academic programs due to financial constraints, limiting areas of study and career opportunities for rural students.
At a time when less than 30 percent of adults living in rural America have a postsecondary degree, The Ayers Foundation has developed a model for encouraging rural students to continue their education after high school.
Colleges and universities looking to reach and recruit rural students should tailor their messages and prioritize on-the-ground interactions, according to a recent panel discussion.
Relaxing regulations on for-profit colleges and relying on students to make data-driven enrollment decisions could be especially problematic in areas with few options for higher education, according to the director of the Urban Institute’s education policy program.
Michigan is experimenting with financial aid education and college visits to break college dropout patterns in rural communities.