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McCamant, Thaddeus – Center for Rural Policy and Development, 2014
The immigrant population is growing in rural Minnesota, and those who are interested in farming will be replacing a dwindling population of traditionally white farmers. Like traditional American farmers, immigrant farmers have a need for continuing education to keep them up on best practices and new technology in agriculture. Minnesota's…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Agricultural Occupations, Rural Areas, Agricultural Education
Center for Rural Policy and Development, 2012
After more than ten years of asking rural Minnesotans about their access to high-speed Internet service, it is possible to draw a few conclusions: (1) It is fairly well accepted now that broadband access has become a necessity for functioning at full capacity in today's world; (2) The digital divide isn't what it used to be; (3) Broadband no…
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Internet, Surveys, Rural Urban Differences
Center for Rural Policy and Development, 2009
When this research report was first conceived, the current economic crisis was only just on the verge of revealing its full extent. Economic crisis or no economic crisis, over the years funding for PK-12 education has been a constant struggle. While all schools continue to face difficulties, for various reasons rural schools have different and…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Rural Schools, Academic Achievement, Educational Finance
Geller, Jack M.; Werner, Marnie – Center for Rural Policy and Development, 2006
This report was designed to examine the influence of a growing Latino enrollment in Minnesota's public schools. Using data from the Minnesota Department of Education, the authors observed that while overall enrollment numbers in Minnesota have declined approximately 3% since 2001, Latino enrollment actually grew by more than 38% during this same…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Public Schools, Enrollment Trends, Academic Achievement
Center for Rural Policy and Development, 2006
Since 2001 the Center for Rural Policy & Development (CRPD) has annually conducted surveys of rural Minnesota households to discern the level of computer ownership, Internet connectivity and broadband adoption throughout rural Minnesota. Since the beginning of this longitudinal effort, significant increases in technology adoption have been…
Descriptors: Ownership, Metropolitan Areas, Internet, Rural Areas
Center for Rural Policy and Development, 2005
The Entrepreneurial Campus Initiative (ECI) is a collaborative effort between the Northland Foundation, the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund and the Center for Rural Policy and Development. The purpose of the initiative is to explore and design new ways in which rural college campuses can be more engaged in entrepreneurship and business development in…
Descriptors: College Students, Rural Schools, Community Colleges, Business Administration
Geller, Jack M. – Center for Rural Policy and Development, 2004
There is little doubt that having a local college or university in your community is a wonderful local and regional asset. However, the true size and scope of its economic value and impact on the community can vary greatly. Is your community just thankful that as a large employer the college provides a large and stable payroll? Is the college…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Rural Schools, Community Colleges, College Role
Manning, Monica M.; Campbell, Candace; Triplett, Thomas J. – Center for Rural Policy and Development, 2004
Rural regions across the nation are threatened by declining populations, slowing economies, and legislative power transfers to urban and suburban regions. The very survival of colleges located in these rural regions is at stake. The potential for these rural campuses to survive and thrive via more far-reaching collaboration with their communities…
Descriptors: Campuses, Rural Areas, Economic Development, Rural Schools
Thorson, Gregory R.; Maxwell, Nicholas J. – Center for Rural Policy and Development, 2002
This policy brief summarizes the full report [ED468840], which describes a study that evaluated whether smaller school districts, as a result of their higher costs per pupil, experienced greater hardship in the areas of infrastructure, resources, and staffing. The policy brief reports on the results of a survey that was administered to the…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, Educational Equity (Finance), Small Schools, Rural Schools