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Protecting the Mental Health of Rural Community College Students: Creative Innovations in Challenging Times

Strengthening Rural Community Colleges

August 17, 2022

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Since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a steady stream of events (e.g., socio-political unrest, economic stressors, systemic racism, health disparities) that have created enormous pressure on higher education to sustain their mission and to support their students adequately. These pressures have been particularly sharp for community colleges in rural areas. The primary aim of the presentation is to provide an up-to-date overview of the challenges and a summary of feasible student support innovations that can be implemented and sustained in rural community colleges.


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ACCT is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond. Located in Washington, D.C., ACCT is a major voice of community college trustees to the presidential administration, U.S. Congress, the Departments of Education and Labor and more