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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 .

Graduate Student Association 12th Annual Awards Banquet


Congratulations to Roseanne Ellison Scammahorn for receiving the Graduate Service Assistant of the Year Award from the Graduate Student Association 12th Annual Awards Banquet. Mrs. Scammahorn is pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Sciences with a concentration in Agricultural and Extension Education.

Learn More    |    April 10, 2014

The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies Advancing Social Sciences-Based Research on Food Assistance and Nutrition Challenges in Rural America

The purpose of the RIDGE (Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics) Center for Targeted Studies is to invest in innovative social sciences-based research that explores the food and nutrition assistance challenges of rural people and places. The program is especially interested in a wide array of topics and issues. Proposals that focus on Native Americans, Hispanics, African Americans, and other racial/ethnic populations, as well as children and low-wealth individuals/ households, are strongly encouraged. This document outlines the key information for applicants planning to submit grant proposals.

Learn More    |    March 17, 2014

RIDGE Center Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program 2014.

The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies, a partnership of the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) and the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC), is pleased to announce a new round of funding for its Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program. The program is intended to invest in graduate students attending universities in the U.S. who are pursuing doctoral research in areas that closely align with the research priorities of the RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies. This document provides guidelines and procedures for students and their supervising professor who may wish to apply for this exciting new RIDGE initiative.

Learn More    |    March 12, 2014

e-biz: Social Media Tools for Small Businesses

e-biz is concise, current, cutting-edge social media and social commerce educational products that have been developed to enable entrepreneurs to launch and grow his or her online business. Each e-biz card has practical and usable information that can be used to integrate social media components and other online applications into any existing small business. Eleven e-biz cards cover the Social Media areas of LinkedIn, Mobile Applications, Twitter, Mobile Media Marketing, Blogging, Facebook, Google, Instagram, and Pinterest, in addition to an e-Commerce Checklist and a Social Media Overview.

Learn More    |    January 29, 2014

New Videos Showcase Civic Engagement Successes

Two videos have just been released showcasing the successes from Turning the Tide on Poverty, a citizen led process aimed at addressing poverty. The process engages a wide range of citizens over a five week period to determine the action steps that best fit the community. The Kettering Foundation, project partners on the initiative with the SRDC, developed these two videos to highlight some of the important wins that are possible when people bring their voices and hands together for a common purpose.

Watch Now    |    January 29, 2014