ERIC Number: ED230338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Rural Renaissance: Implications for Higher Education.
Harris, Ronald; Hynson, Larry, Jr.
While educational institutions in rural America present unique characteristics and offer opportunities for administrative excellence, educators have tended to overlook rural resources and the possibility of implementing educational programs in community life, which in turn, would reflect the heritage of rural culture and values. This paper suggests some solutions for rural post-secondary educators. It looks at the current academic uncertainty, with focus on declining enrollments, regulations, and reduced budgets, and suggests that the main purpose of education includes real world application. The paper advocates experiences which relate individuals to community life, society's values, and broad social issues. Suggestions are provided concerning the implementation of one particular academic program - a cooperative education model being used in the State of Montana. The model provides students with an excellent educational experience in rural areas which allows them the opportunity to assimilate social values, get involved in community issues, relate theory to practice, and gain new relationships with their mentors. In addition, the program allows the professors the opportunity to become guides and facilitators of real learning experiences. (AH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Rural Renaissance
Note: Paper presented at the American Collegiate Personnel Association National Meeting (Houston, TX, March 1983).