In 2017, The Rural School and Community Trust report “Why Rural Matters” revealed Florida was among 10 states with the most urgent need for attention and support to rural students. Ranked number eight, Florida had one of the most diverse rural student populations in the country — almost 40% were minorities, 15% qualified for special education, and more than 55% qualified as low-income. The report’s college readiness gauge showed Florida’s rural students needed “urgent” attention. Florida rural students were less likely to graduate and participate in rigorous, accelerated coursework compared to their rural peers in other states.

FCAN is pleased to offer a webinar to reveal evolving research findings, innovations, and promising practices that support rural student postsecondary success. Kimberly Lent, FCAN’s Senior Research Associate, will facilitate the webinar that features Dr. Jerry Johnson and Dr. Hobart Harmon, Co-Directors of the Institute for the Advancement of Research, Innovation, and Practice (ARIP-RE) at the University of Central Florida, and Dr. Matthew Ohlson, Assistant Professor and Director of the CAMP Osprey program at the University of North Florida.

In this session, you will learn about:

  • Status of rural students’ enrollment, persistence, and completion in postsecondary education
  • Barriers and promising practices to postsecondary enrollment, persistence, and completion among rural students
  • Examples of innovations:
    • Math teacher/family/rural community model of shared responsibility to support student preparation for STEM careers
    • Personalized text messages – nudges – to increase FAFSA filing, college enrollment, and persistence among at-risk student populations
    • CAMP (Collegiate Achievement Mentoring Program) Osprey “virtual leadership mentoring” program

Event Details

Webinar: Meeting the College Access and Success Needs of Rural Students
Date and Time: November 27, 2018, 1-2 p.m. EST
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