A Message from our President About Private College Week

A Message from the President of the Commonwealth Alliance for Rural Colleges, Carthan F. Currin

Please join me in celebrating Virginia Private College Week, July 25-30. During this significant week, private colleges throughout Virginia open their doors and highlight their degree programs, faculty, and experiential learning opportunities.

Higher education in rural Virginia plays a vital role in the sustainability, growth, and quality of life that we enjoy in our Commonwealth. Our CARC member schools offer fundamental advantages in learning, personal growth and development, career preparedness, critical thinking, and service to the community.

Equally important is the access that CARC institutions provide to under-represented populations, veterans, and first-generation college students. And they are educating increasing numbers of these students in the Commonwealth and as such, are economic drivers for rural communities in Virginia. The quality of education at CARC colleges and universities is excellent and affordable. Class sizes are smaller, lifelong connections are forged, personal and career success pathways are generated, and opportunities for scholarships, internships and undergraduate and graduate research are competitive. The ethical standards of CARC schools foster self-esteem and integrity for the future leaders of Virginia.

The Commonwealth Alliance for Rural Colleges is proud to have its alliance with Appalachian School of Law (our newest member), Averett University, Bluefield University, Eastern Mennonite University, and Ferrum College. Visit one today!