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 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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December 15, 2016

Automation Beyond the Factory

The Brookings Institution adds another chapter about job loss due to automation: This month, Amazon made headlines with its announcement of the opening of a new convenience store in Seattle that would go without one staple: cashiers.

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December 14, 2016

Recommended Policy Actions to Improve Postsecondary Education Data Quality

PostsecData has developed an agenda to guide President-Elect Trump’s administration’s efforts to support student success through improved postsecondary data—particularly for students who continue to be underserved by our education system.

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