Tuesday, January 26, 2021
STRENGTHENING RURAL ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS: FEDERAL POLICY SOLUTIONS FOR RURAL PUBLIC COLLEGES AND THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE
This policy report highlights the importance of public colleges in rural communities, while also demonstrating how COVID-19 threatens their contributions unless policymakers act swiftly to support them. We examined a group of 118 rural public colleges throughout the United States that fulfill their anchor institution role by fostering access to college, supporting local economies, addressing critical workforce shortages, and contributing to public health infrastructure.
DEFINING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A RURAL-SERVING POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTION
There is limited research on rural-serving postsecondary institutions. However, these institutions are essential to the educational opportunities of rural students and the vitality of rural communities. One barrier to research is the absence of an evidence-based definition of what it means to be a “rural-serving institution.” This project will develop a definition for rural-serving institutions and a range of publicly available data products and tools to promote research about these critical institutions.