This webinar featured existing and emerging research on increasing students' access to higher education, with particular emphasis on the implications of this research for rural communities. The event was geared to a national audience of local and state education policymakers and practitioners whose work is related to rural secondary and postsecondary education.

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Kenwyn Derby


WEBINAR (archived): Postsecondary Access and Success for Rural Students

November 10, 2010

Check out the archive of this 2-hour webinar!

This webinar, hosted by the national REL Rural Working Group, provided a national audience of rural education stakeholders with research-based information on increasing postsecondary access and success for rural students.

Participants engaged in a discussion about the implications of research on postsecondary access and success for rural students, featuring the IES Practice Guide Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do. Featured speakers included William G. Tierney, Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis and lead author of the guide, and Judith Meece, Co-Director of the Rural High School Aspirations project of the IES-funded National Research Center on Rural Education Support.

A panel of practitioners discussed implications of the research for rural schools and districts:

  • Dana Griffin, Assistant Professor of School Counseling, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Wade McLean, Retired Superintendent, Whiteriver School District, Whiteriver, Arizona; Member, REL West/WestEd Board of Directors
  • Colleen Quint, Executive Director, Mitchell Institute, Portland, Maine
  • Rose Wilder, Superintendent, Clarendon School District, Summerton, South Carolina

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