Category: Education

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.

The Atlantic: Rural America’s Neglected Higher-Education Problem

EXCERPT: “Only 59 percent of rural high-school graduates enroll in college the subsequent fall, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. That’s a lower proportion than students from urban and suburban areas. ‘It was amazing to me as a journalist—and embarrassing’ to realize that college-going is less common among students in rural America, says Jon Marcus, the ...

MinnPost: Minnesota taxpayers largely said ‘yes’ to more school funding. But what does the future look like for the districts that struck out?

EXCERPT: “This fall, 98 school districts in Minnesota asked voters to approve referendums to support everything from reducing class sizes and avoiding staff cuts to investing in building upgrades, construction projects, safety improvements and technology . . . Despite the success that many districts celebrated last week, (the Minnesota School Boards Association’s Greg) Abbott took note ...