Why Appalachian Colleges Want More Latino Students

EWA Radio: Episode 95

Timothy Pratt of The Hechinger Report discusses why liberal arts colleges in Appalachia are making Latino student recruiting a top priority. A 2016 EWA Reporting Fellow, Pratt recently completed an in-depth reporting project on the implications of this shift for private colleges — many of which are struggling to keep enrollment counts up. He talks with EWA public editor Emily Richmond about the ways colleges in the Appalachian region are working to recruit a more diverse pool of applicants, and to support them once they arrive on campus. Pratt also addresses the challenge of cultural sensitivity in reporting on minority groups, particularly when language is a factor.

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