Multiple Points of Contact: Promoting Rural Postsecondary Preparation through School-Community Partnerships

  • Nathan F. Alleman Baylor University
  • Neal L. Holly West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

Abstract

Formal and informal partnerships between rural schools and their communities can provide a wide range of supports for all students, but particularly those from low-income families. In this analysis of six small rural school districts in Virginia we show how the broad participation of community groups and individuals supports academic achievement as well as preparation and aspirations for postsecondary education. Results demonstrate that school-community partnerships provide multiple points of contact for students that buttress the efforts of school personnel by extended educational opportunities outside the classroom and by meeting the needs of low-income students when parents and teachers are unable to do so.  

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Author Biographies

Nathan F. Alleman, Baylor University
Nathan F. Alleman is an Assistant Professor in Educational Administration in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798.
Neal L. Holly, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

L. Neal Holly is a Research and Policy Analyst with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
in Charleston, West Virginia.

Published
2013-03-15
How to Cite
Alleman, N. F., & Holly, N. L. (2013). Multiple Points of Contact: Promoting Rural Postsecondary Preparation through School-Community Partnerships. The Rural Educator, 34(2). https://doi.org/10.35608/ruraled.v34i2.398
Section
Research Articles