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 higher-education editor for The Hechinger Report who wrote an article about the rural higher-education crisis for The Atlantic. ‘We haven’t covered this.’ He says colleges have failed to pay attention to the needs of rural students, too.” FULLSTORY: