ERIC Number: ED466347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Reference Count: N/A
Can Regional Colleges Make a Difference in Rural America? The Main Street Economist: Commentary on the Rural Economy.
Rosenfeld, Stuart A.; Sheaff, Katharine
Some regional two-year and four-year colleges are moving beyond their traditional mission of education to take proactive roles in promoting the economic development of their regions and communities. A study of regional colleges that help rural businesses and labor forces adapt to the challenges of rural economies found five outstanding goals of their programs. The colleges aimed to produce skilled and professional workers who fit the needs of the regional economy and to act as a source of innovation and technology diffusion, a broker of services, a repository of information, and a wellspring for new businesses. Regional colleges pursuing these goals used a number of effective strategies: designing relevant goals and services that respond to changing labor market conditions, identifying and investing in niches, maintaining an entrepreneurial environment, connecting work-based and theoretical competencies, hiring faculty with expertise and experience in industry, thinking and acting collaboratively, offering flexible scheduling to accommodate lifelong learning, building global connections, recognizing that skill needs are related to other business changes, and addressing the needs of under-represented populations. Five programs are described that have been successful in meeting the five outstanding goals. These programs are at Lakeshore Technical College (Wisconsin), Catawba Valley Community College (North Carolina), Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee, Northern New Mexico Community College, and Hazard Community College (Kentucky). (SV)
Descriptors: College Programs, College Role, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Objectives, Higher Education, Labor Force Development, Regional Cooperation, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Rural Education, School Community Relationship
For full text: http://www.kc.frb.org/RuralCenter/mainstreet/MSE_0502.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, MO. Center for the Study of Rural America.