Who's Missing From America's Colleges? Rural High School Graduates
Photo: Brad Covington
Jon Marcus and Matt Krupnick, The Hechinger Report/NPR
When Dustin Gordon's high school invited juniors and seniors to meet with recruiters from colleges and universities, only a handful of students showed up. In the sparsely settled agricultural countryside of southern Iowa, "there's just no motivation for people to go" to college, says Gordon.
Indeed, the high school graduates who head off to campus in the lowest proportions in America are the ones from rural places.