Taking the Metropolitan University to a Rural Community: The Role of a Needs Assessment Survey

  • Shamima Ahmed Northern Kentucky University
Keywords: Higher Education, Metropolitan Universities, Rural Communities, Needs Assessment


When metropolitan university leaders speak about serving the entire metropolitan area, they often refer to the rural fringes as well as concentrated urban populations. Working with rural communities requires somewhat different approaches to planning programs and understanding needs. Survey research helps the campus understand the perceptions and realities of community educational needs, and also helps to cement university-town relationships.