ERIC Number: EJ1068311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Access and Finance Issues: The University of Alabama's Education Policy Center
Katsinas, Stephen G.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v39 n10 p938-942 2015
Established in the 1920s, the Education Policy Center (EPC) is the oldest center or institute at The University of Alabama. Our work centers on four interrelated areas: (a) access and finance of public higher education, (b) college completion, (c) Pell Grants, and (d) rural community colleges. As place-based institutions with service delivery areas typically assigned by state law/statute or regulations (Friedel, Killacky, Katsinas, & Miller, 2014), given the emphasis on place-based solutions following the 2009 and 2010 White House Memoranda on Place-Based Policies, why haven't the United States Departments of Education and Agriculture funded research on rural community colleges? As long as the discredited "urbanicity" definition continues to be used in Washington, America's 553 rural community colleges will likely operate well below the radar screen, and an important national asset will be underutilized. Since the last major foundation-funded rural community college program ended in 2002 when the Ford Foundation closed its Rural Community College Initiative (Kennamer & Katsinas, 2010), the lack of federal initiatives to illuminate the good works of these institutions is needed even more. If rural community college enrollments are just over a third of total enrollments, every federally appointed commission and study group should include a third of its representatives from rural community colleges.
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Access to Education, Community Colleges, Grants, Rural Schools, Graduation Rate, Educational Finance, Financial Problems, Regional Characteristics, Institutional Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program
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