Category: Education

Mankato Free Press: Open enrollment’s greatest impact is in small school districts

EXCERPT: “Open enrollment has increased across Greater Minnesota over the last decade, according to research by the Center for Rural Policy and Development. The percentage of students choosing to open enroll in rural Minnesota districts increased from 9 percent in 2006-2007 to 15 percent in 2016-2017. For non-metro districts that are regional centers, open enrollment increased ...

Brainerd Dispatch: U of M head speaks in Brainerd lakes

EXCERPT: “University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler wants outstate residents to know the state’s largest institution of higher education is working for them, too. Kaler shared his commitment to the ‘Block M’ brand and what it represents to Minnesota residents Friday, May 4, at a Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce luncheon hosted at Cragun’s Resort ...

State of Rural Minnesota, 2018

Each year, the Center for Rural Policy and Development produces the State of Rural Minnesota report, a brief update on the economy and demography of rural Minnesota. As policy discussions concerning rural Minnesota unfold, it is important to understand the past, present, and potential futures of our rural regions.

Introducing kids to technical careers, part 2

We talk some more with Thomas Hoff from the Southwest-West Central Service Cooperative in Marshall about LYFT Pathways, a program that is re-introducing kids to technical careers like manufacturing and health care by teaming up with businesses in southwestern and south central Minnesota. Nowadays, two-year vs four-year degree isn’t the issue, Hoff says, but what ...

A Snapshot of Open Enrollment Trends in Rural Minnesota

The number of students choosing to open enroll in Greater Minnesota has been trending upward consistently since the policy was developed, but within the last ten years, these patterns have been intensifying, and in such a way that they are impacting how districts plan their programming, busing, and finances.