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.

June 22, 2016

Revamping Community Colleges to Improve Graduation Rates

Community colleges across the United States are re-evaluating their curriculums and support structures to address the reasons so many students drop out.

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June 9, 2016

Looking Back to Move Forward: A History of Federal Student Aid

This documentary series provides insight into the programs’ origins, milestones, and current issues as we ponder future direction and navigate foreseeable roadblocks to new policy innovation.

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June 8, 2016

This Chart Tells A Fascinating Story About Higher Education

A chart produced by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation captures the complexity of the higher education landscape and why there can be no one-size-fits-all approach.

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May 18, 2016

Mapping the Data Landscape: Envisioning the National Postsecondary Infrastructure in the 21st Century

A new series of papers from the Institute of Higher Education Policy (IHEP) is allowing us to take a deep look at the national policy landscape on postsecondary data issues.

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February 1, 2016

FutureWork Disruption Index for North Carolina

How do North Carolina counties compare on vulnerability to the disruptions of technological unemployment and demographic change? North Carolina faces an enormous “FutureWork” challenge as two big trends converge: the “rise of the robots” means that automation will significantly change or eliminate more and more jobs, and meanwhile our state’s demography is shifting rapidly as we age, grow more diverse, and our workforce welcomes more women. The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) has developed the FutureWork Disruption Index for North Carolina, a novel statistical measure of relative exposure to the disruptive impacts of technological unemployment and demographic change for North Carolina’s counties and regions. IEI provides Index values for NC’s 100 counties and seven economic development regions.

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October 30, 2015

Learning While Earning – the New Normal

Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce released this report, which finds that over the last 25 years, more than 70 percent of college students have been working while enrolled. They classify these students as “young working learners” and “mature working learners.” This is further information that reminds us that the “traditional” college student is no longer the majority of the nation’s postsecondary population. One third of undergraduate students today have children, the report states. Also, today’s high college costs mean it’s no longer possible for most students to “work their way through college,” as in previous eras.

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