ERIC Number: ED316955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Wyoming: The State and Its Educational System.
Hodgkinson, Harold L.
Wyoming is a state of great natural beauty with only five people per square mile and a unique way of life that deserves to be preserved. The economy, though, is almost totally dependent on energy extraction, an area that has not done well of late. The state's small population makes "boutique" products and services not very profitable, and efforts to diversify Wyoming's economy into "tech" manufacturing and high end services have not been successful. The schools are doing well according to the high school graduation rates, standardized test scores, the low percentages of at-risk children, and the state's relatively stable family structures; however, if energy prices remain depressed, the rates of family pathology are likely to increase as they are likely to do when there is an increase in unemployment. The higher education system in Wyoming is simple: a single university and seven community colleges. College attendance rates are reasonably high; most residents go to college in Wyoming where the educational costs are somewhat of a bargain. Several more years, though, of economic declines could push the higher education system to some dangerous decisions due to the inflexibilty of financial resources. (19 references) (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Wyoming