ERIC Number: ED439767
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Rural Community Colleges: Catalysts for Economic Renewal. Policy Paper.
Rubin, Sarah; Autry, George
This paper, which focuses on rural community colleges, is part of a series published by the Center for Community College Policy, designed to support state and local policymakers, as well as educational leaders who are interested in policy issues related to the two-year postsecondary sector. One in four rural communities are severely economically depressed with a poverty rate exceeding 20%. Many state policies and programs, which were designed for urban areas, do not fit in rural situations, yet rural community colleges have great potential for economic renewal in regards to both place-based economic development and people-based educational training. This document presents a historical background, along with options for supporting the economic development mission of rural community colleges. These options include: (1) ensuring financial viability for small/rural colleges; (2) ensuring that rural colleges can offer important high-cost programs; (3) enabling rural colleges to use telecommunications affordably and effectively; (4) encouraging economies of scale through regional collaboration; and (5) supporting workforce training in rural communities. Collaboration among state agencies concerned with education, economic development, workforce development, welfare and regional development is also recommended. (AF)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Colleges, Economic Development, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Job Training, Organizational Objectives, Policy Formation, Rural Development, Rural Education, Rural Population, State Aid, Two Year Colleges
ECS Distribution Center, 707 17th St., Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427 ($4). Tel: 303-299-3692. For full text: http://www.communitycollegepolicy.org/html/publications.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Center for Community College Policy.
Note: For other policy papers in this series, see JC 000 286-296.