ERIC Number: ED478674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Building New Partnerships in Support of America's Rural Communities. RCCI Year One Report.
Southern Rural Development Center, Mississippi State.
In 2002, the Rural Community College Initiative (RCCI) began a new phase, with the goal of developing a team of community college and tribal college faculty, extension educators, and civic leaders to address the long-term needs of rural America. An advisory council was established to select the RCCI pilot states and colleges, monitor the effectiveness of RCCI activities, and establish trust between community/tribal colleges and land grant universities. Fourteen teams of community and tribal colleges in six states were chosen for inclusion in the RCCI program. Nineteen extension educators were selected to coach RCCI teams in their areas. Teams benefited from the extension educators' network of contacts, technical assistance, and support. An institute was held to familiarize new members with the program and to present strategies for achieving equitable economic development, expanded educational access, and broadened engagement of citizens in local issues. A research team of land grant faculty was established to monitor RCCI progress. A series of training programs and a website are being developed to assist team members, and funds were allocated to the teams for securing technical assistance. An electronic newsletter was prepared to alert the teams to grant opportunities. A new professional organization, the Rural Community College Alliance, was formed to reduce rural isolation and share effective solutions to rural problems. The new group held its first conference in October, 2002. (TD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Colleges, Community Involvement, Extension Agents, Higher Education, Land Grant Universities, Leadership Training, Low Income, Mentors, Partnerships in Education, Rural Development, Rural Education, Technical Assistance, Tribally Controlled Education
For full text: http://srdc.msstate.edu/rcci/03annualrpt.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Southern Rural Development Center, Mississippi State.