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 Rural Issues 

The AACC Rural Policy Roundtable advises the AACC Board and staff on public policy issues related to community colleges in rural America.  

July 2003

July 2004

Rural Community College Initiative - Supported by the Ford Foundation, RCCI aims to help community colleges in distressed rural areas to expand access to postsecondary education and help foster regional economic development. 
Rural Community College Alliance - An alliance of rural community colleges working to improve educational and economic prospects for their communities .

Rural Policy Research Institute - Conducts policy-relevant research and facilitates public dialogue to assist policymakers in understanding the rural impacts of public policies and programs.


"Community Colleges and Rural America: Progress and Prospects" (Adobe PDF) - From the National Conference of State Legislatures Rural Policy Academy.

"Preserving Access with Excellence, Financing Rural Community Colleges" (Adobe PDF) - From MDC.

"Opportunities in Place: National Assessment of the Rural Community College Initiative" (Adobe PDF) - From AACC's Rural Community College Initiative.
"Toward Rural Prosperity" (Adobe PDF)  - From MDC.
"Rural America at a Glance (2003)" - From the USDA's Economic Research Service

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