On September 24, 2019 to September 26, 2019, Martin Methodist College (MMC) was honored to host the second annual Rural Higher Education Institute, an annual Credo event that is focused on the value of, and challenge to, rural colleges and universities across the country.

The theme of 2019’s Rural Higher Education Institute was “Student Success in the Rural Context.” Campus leaders from numerous institutions, including University of Pikeville, Palm Beach State College, University of Wisconsin, Appalachian State University, and Dakota Wesleyan University, came together on MMC’s campus to examine many issues centered on the theme: redefining the narrative of rural education; strategic finance and rural philanthropy; leveraging community and municipal partnerships; and recruitment and retention of students from rural areas.

“It is an honor to serve as a national model of higher education in rural America,” said MMC President Dr. Mark La Branche. “We have an extremely important mission to prepare professionals in the rural context, and we have an opportunity to assist the communities around us by driving the economy and raising the quality of life. So often, higher education discussions default to a focus on urban, whereas an initiative like this one shifts the emphasis to the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the rural place. This gathering of campus leaders served to strengthen us all in pursuit of this initiative.”

Martin Methodist College, founded in 1870, is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Martin Methodist offers baccalaureate degrees in 39 programs of study that include English, religious studies, music and dramatic arts, mathematics and natural sciences to business, social sciences, education, criminal justice, and nursing. Still changing lives after 150 years.


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Pulaski, TN 38478

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