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.

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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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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February 27, 2017

Why Millions of Americans Never Finish College

Across the country, the same hurdles keep students from obtaining degrees, often putting middle-class jobs with good wages out of reach.

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February 7, 2017

From Good Idea to Problem Solved: Funding the Innovation Means Funding the Process

Good ideas for solving our toughest social problems come from a variety of places. But, we need more than just good ideas – we need transparent and thoughtful ways to get community buy-in and a wide variety of perspectives to make those ideas a reality.

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February 1, 2017

UNC Plan: Higher Education A Goal for All Students

Anyone who thinks UNC System President Margaret Spellings isn’t serious about higher education access and affordability needs to take a look at the University’s new strategic plan. The plan aims to make our public universities look more like the rest of North Carolina, with a special emphasis on increasing enrollment among students from rural and low-income families.

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