Colleges Discover the Rural Student
New York Times, January 31, 2017
By Laura Pappano
"To college administrators, rural students, many of them the first in their families to attend college, have become the new underrepresented minority," writes Laura Pappano, WCW writer-in-residence, in The New York Times, "In their aim to shape leaders and provide access to the disadvantaged, higher education experts have been recognizing that these students bring valuable experiences and viewpoints to campuses that don’t typically attract agriculture majors." Rural students in high school are performing close to the levels of their suburban peers, but they are enrolling in higher education at much lower rates. Pappano investigates why that is, and what college administrators are doing to encourage them to apply and enroll.