Supporting Rural Students in Oregon in High School and Beyond

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A Study of College Enrollment, Persistence, Transfer, and Completion Outcomes

In the past five years, the gaps between rural and nonrural high school students enrolling in college have gotten larger. To reach Oregon’s ambitious postsecondary attainment goals, this cannot continue unchanged. With equitable access to resources and support for rural students,
and their advocates, we can narrow the gap between rural and nonrural students in Oregon.
As education stakeholders in Oregon, we can work together to:

  • Increase the focus on improving college access and success for rural high school graduates, especially for males, students of color and students in poverty.
  • Help rural students broaden their college aspirations and support community college completion and transfer efforts.
  • Invest in college preparatory opportunities – such as college coursework, college advising, and promoting a college-going culture – for students attending rural high schools.

Increased access to and completion of education beyond high school is critical to the future of our state. We have an opportunity to support the success of our rural students and a responsibility to ensure they have access to the resources they need.

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Male College Enrollment and Completion

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College enrollment, persistence, and completion rates are lower for male than for female students in Oregon, especially in rural areas.

Latinx College Enrollment and Persistence

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In rural Oregon, nearly one-third of high school graduates identify as students of color, with Latinx representing the largest ethnicity.

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