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Education Deserts: Supporting Rural Regions With Few Colleges

While some students move long distances to attend college, many nontraditional students rely on local educational opportunities to improve their social mobility. However, millions of Americans live in areas where higher-ed institutions are at least an hour away. People refer to such places as “education deserts.”

For those who live in education deserts, responsibilities like work and child care can make earning a degree unreasonably difficult. What can be done to support people with educational aspirations in those communities? Join The Chronicle for “Education Deserts: Supporting Rural Regions With Few Colleges,” as we examine what exactly defines education deserts, who lives in them, and how to create opportunities for those people.


Laura Beamer
Lead Researcher on Higher Education Finance, Jain Family Institute
Andrew Koricich
Executive Director, Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges; Associate Professor of Higher Education, Appalachian State University
Alyssa Ratledge
Research Associate, Postsecondary Education, MDRC


Eric Kelderman
Senior Reporter, The Chronicle of Higher Education



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