Welcome to RASI!
Hello from one rural student to another
We believe every student deserves the right to an informed decision concerning higher education. Many barriers, including but not limited to financial constraints, inaccessible academic opportunities, geographic restrictions, hometown culture, broadband & technology gaps, and lack of past precedent inhibit rural students from even considering college in the first place. Higher education may not be the right path for everyone, but no one should be blocked from taking it.
Educational Attainment in Illinois by Rurality
of non-rural adults have a Bachelor's degree or higher
of rural adults have a Bachelor's degree or higher
of non-rural adults have only a high school diploma, GED, or less
of rural adults have only a high school diploma, GED, or less
of non-rural high school students have access to AP programs
of rural high school students have access to AP programs
of non-rural college students enroll at four-year institutions
of rural college students enroll at four-year institutions
Illinois Board of Higher Education
"Equity Gaps Facing Students from Rural Communities"
RASI wholeheartedly supports and advocates for all underrepresented students including but not limited to students of color, LGBTQ+ students, immigrant students, students with disabilities, low income students, first generation students, undocumented students, and rural students. Prejudice or discrimination towards any of these communities is not tolerated and will be swiftly met with dismissal from RASI and our related services.