About The Strengthening Rural Community Colleges Initiative

With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ACCT will assess the needs of rural community colleges, focusing specifically on five states: California, Iowa, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Texas. While the initiative is currently focused on five states, we are interested in feedback from rural community colleges across the nation.

As part of this initiative we will:

This 18 month initiative will culminate in a report including five state profiles, state and federal policy recommendations, and an examination of what it means to be a rural institution.

Through our research, convenings, and report we hope to:

  • Gather new information about challenges faced by rural institutions
  • Increase public awareness of these challenges
  • Leverage policy opportunities to increase state and federal support
  • Determine avenues to continue and broaden this work


About ACCT

The Association of Community College Trustees (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.

These community professionals, business officials, public policy leaders, and leading citizens offer their time and talent to serve on the governing boards of this century’s most innovative higher education institutions-community, junior, and technical colleges-and make decisions that affect more than 1,200 colleges and over 11 million students annually.

For more information, visit https://www.acct.org/