College degree gap widens between cities and rural America
SRDC's Roberto Gallardo and the Daily Yonder collaborated in a study to measure the changes in educational achievement over the last 40 years. In many ways, rural America has caught up with the rest of the United States in terms of educational achievement. But over the past 40 years, the gap in the percentage of adults with college degrees has increased between urban and rural counties.
Despite a near three-fold increase in the percentage of rural adults who have college degrees, the gap in bachelor degrees between the cities and rural America has widened between 1970 and 2010. In 1970, there was a 6-point difference between urban and rural counties in the percent of people over 25 years of age who had college degrees. (Rural stood at 5.7 percent; urban was 11.6 percent.) By 2010, the gap was nearly 15 points.
The loss of young, well-educated residents is a long-standing problem for rural communities.
"'One of the problems that rural areas face is that in order to get a college education, young people have to leave," says Judith Stallman, an economist at the University of Missouri. "Once you leave, that introduces you to other opportunities that you might not have seen had you not left."
The good news for rural America is that it has caught up in every other measure of education.
To view the full article and corresponding data graphs, visit Daily Yonder .
Latinos in the New South: Inclusive Research & Extension Programming
October 5-7, 2015 Nashville, TN
Join colleagues from the South for a dynamic conference focused on building partnerships, addressing challenges, sharing resources and research, and engaging the Latino community!
Proposal Submission deadline: June 1 Submit your presentation, poster, or workshop proposal using the attached form to: Lupita Fabregas at email@example.com See the attachments for complete instructions.
About the Conference: SERA-37, the Latinos in the New South coalition, seeks to strengthen the capacity of the Southern region’s land-grand institutions and other partners to address critical, contemporary issues in response to the growing Hispanic/Latino population in the South.
Objectives • Provide scholars, Extension personnel, other outreach professionals, administrators, and practitioners with a forum to discuss best practices, state or multi-state initiatives, research projects, and Extension programing targeting Hispanics/Latinos in the South. • Stimulate the formation of multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams.
SRDC in Search for New Director
The search for a Director for the Southern Rural Development Center continues. This is a 12-month, tenured faculty appointment in the Department of Agricultural Economics. The faculty member in this position serves as Director of the Southern Rural Development Center. As one of four regional centers, the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) works with 13 Southern states, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands to initiate, foster, and facilitate regional research and education efforts that contribute to an increased quality of life for residents of the Southern region. The SRDC is partially federally funded and hosted by Mississippi State University.
Minimum Qualifications: The Director must have a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Community Development, Rural Sociology, or a closely related area. Must qualify for rank of Associate Professor or Professor with tenure in the Department of Agricultural Economics. PARF Number: 7429
Learn More | March 13, 2015
NACDEP Conference Registration Open
May 17 – 20, 2015
National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals 2015 conference registration is now opem. Be sure to register by April 17 for the early bird pricing. The conference will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas. The theme for this year is Building a Rock Solid Future. For more infomation on booking a hotel room please visit DoubleTree by Hilton.
Learn More | March 13, 2015
NET 2015 Call for Proposals
The NET 2015 Call for Proposals is now open. A 400 word abstract should be submitted through our online form at
We are pleased to have Keynote Speakers Carol Patterson of Kalahari Management and Kelly De Schaun of the Galveston Parks Board & CVB confirmed for the conference and are finalizing an exiting and engaging set of field programs for the first day of the conference! Initial information is posted on the conference web site.
Please find the attached information regarding The National Extension Tourism Conference (NET 2015) http://extensiontourism.net , being held in Galveston, Texas October 27-30, 2015. This is an outstanding opportunity for both service providers and tourism businesses to share their success stories, programs and research with others who are interested in tourism activities. Please share with anyone who may be interested
Learn More | March 2, 2015
SRDC Annual Report
SRDC is constantly moving forward to create a better future for a better South. The 2014 SRDC Annual Report captures how to create communties by the variety of Extension and Research activities spearheaded by the Center over the past year in partnership with its land-grant university colleagues and key external collaborators
The report devotes special attention to SRDC projects that broaden the voices of the people who are working together to make life better for their communities and regions. Our Turning the Tide on Poverty initiative, Stronger Economies Together (SET) program, and ReadyCommunity training all promote citizen engagement and community vitality.
Please take a look and explore the accomplishments and highlights in the 2014 SRDC Annual Report.
Learn More | February 18, 2015
Community Behavioral Health Early Warning System - Index Partner Communities - Call for Proposals 2015
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Regional Rural Development Centers are partnering to implement a national program of early warning systems with respect to community-level incidence of behavioral health issues (e.g. substance abuse, mental illness). Increasing behavioral health issues impose costs on communities via treatment, law enforcement, and long-term impacts on individual and family productivity. The incidence of these issues and how they are expressed varies by place and across time, so local monitoring and intervention techniques are important.
Learn More | February 18, 2015