The faces of rural education in America are changing, but the challenges these students encounter in earning a college degree have not.
Universities have been slow to recognize these issues, but programs for supporting rural students are starting to crop up across the country.
“We never really came to terms with the fact that they needed extra support,” Naomi Norman, associate vice president for instruction at the University of Georgia, told NPR.
Though rural students graduate from high school at higher rates than urban students and at about the same levels as suburban students, only 59 percent go straight to college. And even if they enroll, they are more likely to drop out than their suburban and urban counterparts.
An academic in Australia has one major piece of advice for students before they head to university: Take a gap year.
“School might have prepared students intellectually for a tertiary education, but there is lots school can’t prepare you for — and that’s how to deal with real people in the real world,” Jenna Price, who works at the University of Technology in Sydney, wrote in The Sydney Morning-Herald.
Though a gap year alone won’t turn a C-student into an A-student, she said there is a significant difference in the overall performance of students who’ve taken a break from formal education.
It’s officially International Education Week (#IEW2018), a joint initiative of the US Department of State and the US Department of Education that celebrates the benefits of international education worldwide.
At NACAC, we are celebrating this week (Nov. 12-16) by featuring stories from our members about the impact of international education, why they chose to work in international education, and what international education means to them.