College in Rural America
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
Rafael expected he would go to a university — the system never did
Educators put him on a non-university path. His public charter school never questioned it. And it was only a few months before graduation that he learned just how far behind he was.
October 3, 2022
Despite pandemic promises of internet for all, many rural students remain disconnected
There are hidden barriers, like hotspots that don't work as advertised, and not so hidden ones, like faulty government maps.
June 17, 2022
Will Elon Musk’s rocket bring prosperity or inequality to one of America’s poorest regions?
His spaceport would be a major investment anywhere, but it's an especially dramatic one in South Texas, a remote, mostly Hispanic region, an area without other high-tech industries or top-tier universities.
March 9, 2022