Innovating to Promote Access to Higher Education in Rural Areas





Bergeron, Marie-Hélène

You have to read this inspiring article to be able to truly gauge the scope of efforts that an institution such as the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles can deploy should it want to go beyond focusing on access to education to offer a rich, diversified range of courses during a time of economic upset (and therefore exodus) and in a distance context. Like a beacon shining out on the horizon, each of the solutions adopted by this institution, which were rife with creativity and resourcefulness, sheds light on how to handle the many ups and downs that can occur in outlying towns. They include many projects aimed at making programs more attractive by combining educational techniques such as teleteaching, distance learning, and on-campus instruction. In addition, there is the pairing of courses and institutions through immersion programs as well as adapting course offerings to the region's socioeconomic situation.


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