Who Lives in Education Deserts?
Ben Myers, The Chronicle of Higher Education
For most college students, place matters. And closer is often better. Studying close to home, family, and community can be even more vital for the roughly one in four undergraduate students who are considered nontraditional—those who are older, have child-care duties, work full time, or attend college part time.
Many students, however, live in “education deserts,” where there are few, if any, college choices near by. What would it take to make sure distance doesn’t prevent students from obtaining a college degree? Experts say that easier transfer requirements, partnerships between public colleges and selective colleges in underserved areas, more-aggressive rural recruitment, and even shuttle services could help ease the burden on desertbound students.