The higher education desert

May 22, 2019 | U.S. News and World Report

BARBOURVILLE, A SLEEPY Kentucky town of about 3,000 people situated in the Appalachian Mountains some three hours southeast of Louisville alongside the Daniel Boone National Forest, is a higher education desert.

The town boasts one four-year private college, Union College, where the majority of students enroll to pursue teaching or nursing careers. But with a 30% graduation rate and an average annual salary after graduation of $32,000, the school does little to push upward the median family income in the town.

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