How to Raise Rural Enrollment in Higher Education? Go Local.
Laura Pappano, The Hechinger Report/The Washington Post
From a young age, students in suburban and urban communities marinate in college-going, even college-competitive, environments. That is often missing in rural America, where communities can treat high school as a capstone, not a steppingstone.
A Tennessee model is changing this reality with a straightforward approach: Put a counselor—someone raised rural and connected to the community—in a local high school to help every student craft a career plan, then guide them through the tasks required to apply for—and pay for—a postsecondary degree.