Catalysts for Change. Meaningful Partnerships. Moving North Carolina Forward.

We believe that educators, employers and community leaders each play important roles in advancing our mission. These stories highlight how our partners are building new capacity and testing new ideas that will lead to more postsecondary success across North Carolina.


April 6, 2016

Building an Infrastructure of Opportunity in NC

A new study commissioned by the John M. Belk Endowment finds that economic mobility in every region of North Carolina ranks well below the national average, and unless communities create better opportunities, the limited chances of success for a growing portion of the population could jeopardize the state’s economic future. Among the report’s key findings:… FULL STORY >

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March 6, 2015

Boosting Community College Completion

Community colleges are at the center of new national efforts to educate more students for the jobs of tomorrow.  There is a bipartisan focus on these institutions, highlighted recently by President Obama’s proposal to eliminate community college tuition, and by advocacy from N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory, who has called North Carolina’s 58 community colleges the… FULL STORY >

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October 16, 2014

Reforming Developmental Education

Nationally, less than 25 percent of developmental students in community colleges complete a degree, diploma or certificate within eight years of enrollment, according to research by Columbia University’s Community College Research Center. Studies show most students entering community colleges in North Carolina and across the country need additional instruction in basic math or English, with… FULL STORY >

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March 1, 2014

The John M. Belk Scholarship: Paying it forward.

Lejla Agic is a daily reminder of why we’re here. She embodies the spirit of students who have overcome tremendous obstacles. As a small child, Lejla and her family were forced to flee their war-torn homeland of Bosnia. They left with nothing, going first to Turkey, then to the U.S. after obtaining legal permission to… FULL STORY >

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Impact StoryJanuary 16, 2014

Investing in students in rural North Carolina

North Carolina has one of the highest concentrations of rural students in the nation, at 685,000. Forty percent of these students are from underserved populations, and over one third live in poverty. These challenges are compounded by the struggle many rural communities in North Carolina are facing to reinvent themselves in a global economy with… FULL STORY >

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