Open Campus national reporter covering the role of college in rural America.
How a Georgia college courted its rural community
Gordon State has been working to rebuild the college's relationship with its community.
March 8, 2023
Barges, ice castles: Hello, student housing?
Housing insecurity has long been an issue in rural areas, but high inflation, pandemic migration, and last year’s record-breaking real estate market have created an untenable situation.
February 22, 2023
What’s a college town, without its college?
Life without the local college is a reality that more rural areas are having to contend with (even if the closure of a public university is still exceedingly rare).
February 8, 2023
Rural Imposter Syndrome in Weed, Calif.
How two rural towns in California are navigating challenges and access to education.
January 25, 2023
This rural Minnesota county is hoping for ‘brain gain’ with new residents
Otter County officials are working to improve lagging internet speeds and increase the availability of affordable housing and childcare.
January 11, 2023
When College Doesn’t Feel Attainable — Or Useful
When I visited the Central Valley of California earlier this year, I came away with the belief that people here aren't any less interested in education.
December 15, 2022
A Surprising Mid-Career Pivot: Teaching
In 2021, a third of U.S. workers under 40 said they considered changing careers during the pandemic, which also led many to move out of city centers.
December 1, 2022
Easing the teacher shortage in South Carolina’s Lowcountry
The challenges facing South Carolina’s Lowcountry are echoed across America, as rural regions struggle to attract and retain teachers.
November 17, 2022
The view from America’s new political dividing line: the college degree
Two decades ago the politics of Watauga County, N.C., home to Appalachian State University, were aligned with its rural neighbors. That's shifted drastically.
November 4, 2022
On Hillbilly Hoedowns and Degree Divides
A visit to North Carolina's Alleghany County to explore the connection between educational attainment rates and partisan affiliation.
October 27, 2022