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

These are some of the trends in the field that we are watching because they impact the way we think about and approach our work.

January 17, 2018

The Forgotten 500,000 College-ready Students

New Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce research and video shows that 500,000 college-ready students fail to complete a postsecondary credential every year and the potential impact on our economy if they were to succeed.

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May 30, 2017

Aligning Educational Doctorate Programs with Community College Leadership Needs

NC State University has embraced the need to redesign its educational doctorate program to instill critical competencies in emerging leaders. The College of Education is realigning its doctoral program through a partnership with the Aspen Institute, aligning with CPED’s work, and being informed by AACC’s competencies.

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April 12, 2017

Leading on Opportunity: The Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force Report

The work begins today to ensure Charlotte-Mecklenburg is a community that cares about all of our children and youth—regardless of their income, background, race or zip code—and where all of our children feel they belong, have big dreams and have the opportunity to achieve those dreams.

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April 10, 2017

Does Higher Education Really Increase Economic Mobility?

The finding that is most important is that higher education is, in fact, an engine of upward mobility. While rich students earn more after graduation than poor students, the gap is quite small.

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April 4, 2017

Community College 3.0: The Post-Completion Agenda

Two goals for U.S. community colleges have been prioritized in recent years: providing diverse individuals the opportunity to earn a good living and developing the talent needed to fuel regional economies. Achieving those goals is more important today than ever before.

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March 1, 2017

Limited Means, Limited Options: College Remains Unaffordable for Many Americans

Institute for Higher Education Policy’s first-of-its-kind analysis of net price data for over 2,000 colleges reveals that college affordability varies dramatically between students with different family incomes, enabling a wealthy student to attend essentially any college while effectively shutting out many of her peers.

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