ERIC Number: EJ792638
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: N/A
College Material: Tapping Rural Areas for the Next Generation of College Students
Abbott, Stephen E.
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, v20 n4 p28, 30 Win 2006
While many efforts to reform high schools target large cities, a similar minority located at the fringes of American culture has been relatively overlooked. Low-income, rural students suffer many of the same social maladies--such as severe poverty and widespread drug abuse--as urban minority children, and they are comparably disadvantaged when it comes to college access. These students endure geographic and cultural isolation as well as the fallout from stagnant local economies. Most of the high schools are located in low-income, rural areas that face dwindling enrollments, budgetary cutbacks, high faculty-turnover rates and other significant challenges. Since 2003, the Great Maine Schools Project, a statewide high school reform initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been working to strengthen Maine high schools and send more Maine students on to higher education. In this article, the author discusses the significance of "Early College" programs which specifically target underperforming and low-income youth who may not intend to enroll in higher education or who may be the first in their family to attend college.
Descriptors: Higher Education, High Schools, School Restructuring, Income, Cultural Isolation, Drug Abuse, Minority Group Children, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Poverty, Low Income Groups, Geographic Isolation, Economic Climate, Access to Education, Faculty Mobility, College School Cooperation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 9; High Schools; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Maine