A service for students in remote areas to allow them to have a human connection when they are learning online, are studying at local colleges and are considering higher education.
This service could include any of the following or more:
- 'higher education on wheels': a mobile education service where a higher education mentors (graduates, current students, lecturers, researchers, teacher assistants) travel to students to offer support and guidance in person and help them work towards their individual learning goals. This support could cover academic issues, mental health issues and intensive classes;
- students have individual learning journey plans with check in points with a mentor:
- option for students to connect to local projects to utilise the skills they are learning online or conduct research specific to rural areas for companies and municipalities e.g. Mind Sumo or the Sense Network but for rural communities in return for credits or financial reward e.g. ideas for Rural Smart Growth and Rural Sustainable Development (see EPA report). Could there be connections to be made with the rural freelancers and rural businesses e.g. Rural Sourcing?
- online 'bridge' program: additional online courses for rural students who want to attend a local two-year college but still get accreditation and receive some of the courses that are included in a four-year college degree;
- learning clubs for rural students with peer-to-peer learning and an online, remote mentor;
- higher education students teaching their subjects in rural high schools as part of an assessed group/project session or offering support on college applications;
- option for rural students to ‘dial-in’ to class sessions at higher education institutions and follow condensed, in-person summer class;
- online group mentoring sessions for rural students.
I am unable to develop an idea for this challenge. Feel free to build upon this and develop ideas for rural students or other students that are underrepresented in higher education.
How can higher education target parents (single mothers), veterans, undocumented, native students, homeschooled students and students aged 18 to 24 through the option of a bootcamp/program instead of university or university top ups as well as a bootcamp?
What other groups of students are underrepresented in higher education?
“Students in rural counties are less likely to attend college, and those who do are less likely to choose a four-year, private, or highly selective institution, according to a recent report.
Students at low-income rural schools are less likely to attend college than their peers at high-income rural schools, and are also less likely to continue on to their second year of college.”
Source: Hechinger Report
“Not only does location affect whether a student enrolls, but race plays a role as well, said Darris R. Means, an assistant professor in the UGA College of Education. With about 580,000 students in rural schools across Georgia—and nearly 40 percent students of color—this can have a tremendous effect on college access, Means said.”
Source: News Medical