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.

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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February 1, 2017

University of North Carolina System Releases New Strategic Plan

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors approved the new strategic plan in January. It focuses on improving student access and success, affordability, community engagement, economic impact, and creating excellent and diverse institutions.

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January 31, 2017

Tennessee Plans to Expand Free 2-Year Tuition to All Adults

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced that all adult residents will be able to attend the state’s community colleges tuition- and fee-free. The idea builds on the success of the widely heralded Tennessee Promise, which offered free tuition in the form of last-dollar scholarships at community colleges to the state’s high school graduates.

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Media CoverageJanuary 29, 2017

Making Cents of Education Funding

From early childhood to pre-K to K-12 to higher education, including our community colleges and the UNC system, we were asked about who is in charge, what are the sources of funding, what is the money being spent on, and to identify the pressure points where investments could make a difference. Our thanks to Ret Boney and the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers for being our thought partner on this project

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January 6, 2017

Text Your Way to College

Based on what we have heard from College Advising Corps, too many students from poor families get accepted to college, but never show up. This is a low-cost solution.

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