ERIC Number: ED390627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
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The Rural Services Institutes Network as a Strategy for Assisting Rural Communities in New York State.
Merwin, William C.; And Others
The New York State Office of Rural Affairs has developed an innovative network of 17 Rural Services Institutes (RSIs) located at colleges and universities throughout the state in order to help meet the needs of rural communities. RSIs operate with minimal cost to the state and involve few bureaucratic constraints. Each RSI shares expertise and resources with other RSIs, providing rural communities with a collaborative statewide resource network. This paper discusses how the idea for the RSI network came about, how the network was implemented how RSIs are structured at each college, and network functioning and coordination. A case study of the RSI at the State University of New York College at Potsdam examines the process by which the RSI was established at the college; the RSI's mission and goals; its administration and governance structure, including funding; the process used to determine priorities; services provided and their impact; and links between public services of the RSI and the college's overall educational mission. Community services provided by the Potsdam RSI include assistance and training in grant writing, local training for social services professionals, needs assessment and other support related to developing locally accessible education for health care professionals, technical assistance and consultation services for organizations engaged in economic development, technical assistance for local governments, and public educational seminars. (Author/SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: New York; Rural Services Institutes; State University of New York Coll at Potsdam
Note: In: Issues Affecting Rural Communities. Proceedings of an International Conference Held by the Rural Education Research and Development Centre (Townsville, Queensland, Australia, July 10-15, 1994); see RC 020 376.