ERIC Number: ED473972
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Toward Rural Prosperity: A State Policy Framework in Support of Rural Community Colleges. Policy Paper.
Chesson, J. Parker, Jr.; Rubin, Sarah
In six policy areas, states can better equip rural community colleges to serve their communities. In the area of economic and community development, states can use rural community colleges to promote community development efforts and service learning and to provide small business assistance and entrepreneurship education. States can improve access to education by keeping community college costs affordable; empowering colleges to serve a diverse student population; ensuring colleges have adequate staff to provide counseling and support services; helping rural students overcome the barrier of distance; supporting partnerships between community colleges and K-12 schools to prepare low-income youth for college; and funding developmental education, literacy, and basic skills instruction. Concerning workforce preparation, states can designate community colleges as presumptive deliverers of workforce education and training, mandate collaboration among workforce agencies, fund noncredit workforce instruction, and develop policies that enable welfare recipients and the working poor to attend community colleges. In the area of technology, states can ensure that rural areas have an affordable telecommunications infrastructure and provide funding to small, rural colleges to maintain their technological capacity. In funding matters, states can provide base funding to small colleges and those in low-wealth districts, help resource-poor colleges initiate new programs, and facilitate intercollegiate partnerships for greater economies of scale. Concerning governance, states can give state and local boards appropriate powers for shared governance; ensure that board membership reflects community diversity; encourage collaboration among colleges, universities, and K-12 schools; and place community and technical colleges in their own state system. Congressional delegations from states with tribal colleges should make adequate federal funding for tribal colleges a high priority, and states should reimburse tribal colleges for the education of non-Indian state residents. Sidebars describe successful initiatives undertaken by rural community colleges. (Contains 28 endnotes.) (TD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Change Strategies, Community Colleges, Economic Development, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Labor Force Development, Low Income Counties, Rural Development, Rural Schools, State Aid, Tribally Controlled Education
For full text: http//www.mdcinc.org/rcci/towardruralprosperity.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: MDC, Inc., Chapel Hill, NC.