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ERIC Number: EJ846014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1541-0935
Rural Community Colleges Developing Perceptions of Self-Identity
Miller, Michael T.; Tuttle, Courtney C.
Community College Enterprise, v12 n2 p55-68 Fall 2006
Rural America, in direct competition with growing suburban and urban America, has struggled to maintain a high quality of life. Rural out-migration levels are high, as are poverty and illiteracy rates. Rural community colleges have worked to defend and expand opportunities in rural settings, yet face their own challenges tied to resources, business partners, and secondary education quality. An unexplored area that rural community colleges may find useful to consider is their role in formulating personal identity development. The current study explores how three case study institutions in the mid-south influenced the identity development of youth, college students, alumni, business and industries and their leaders, and college faculty. The findings support the contention that rural colleges do play a major role in helping students and community members learn to question their assumptions about others and their own life choices. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A