Giving Rural Students 'the Short Box'
Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed
Colleges often go about recruiting rural students in the wrong way, admissions experts say. But they can commit to better practices if they recognize "rurality is different everywhere."
For instance, Purdue University, Indiana University, and the College Board have a partnership called Making College Connections that attempts to help high school students understand postsecondary options and prepare to apply to college.
They came up with the idea of a college planning night, selecting rural high schools in far-flung regions of the state and partnering with school counselors. They offered to help with SAT preparation and college planning if those services were in need.