A Strong Economy through Post-Secondary Education: Part Four – Lessons Learned: Identifying Common Elements Higher Education Research Summer 2015

North Carolina’s higher education institutions are working to increase attainment levels among our state’s most underserved populations in impressive ways. The programs highlighted in this report offer important lessons in terms of what works and what does not. Drawing commonalities across these lessons is the best way to move forward in creating a culture of personal, educational, and professional success for all students, particularly those most at-risk of falling short of their promise.… Full story »

Promising Programs Statewide: University of North Carolina at Pembroke Higher Education Research Summer 2015

Student Support Services (SSS) and Cash Course The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) is an historically American Indian liberal arts college located in Robeson County in southeastern North Carolina. The town of Pembroke is home to the Lumbee Indian tribe, which is the largest tribe east of the Mississippi River.… Full story »

Promising Programs Statewide: University of North Carolina at Charlotte Higher Education Research Summer 2015

49er Finish Program Recognizing the importance of increasing attainment levels for nontraditional students, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) has created an office dedicated to the adult learner called the Office of Adult Students and Evening Services (OASES). OASES is charged with recruiting both new and “stopped-out” adult learners and supporting them through to degree completion.… Full story »

Promising Programs Statewide: Bennett College Higher Education Research Summer 2015

Emerging Scholars Mentoring Program Located in Greensboro, Bennett College is a small, private, historically black college for women. Bennett College offers what is known as the Emerging Scholars Mentoring Program, which provides a layered support network for students that has shown increased levels of persistence and graduation. The program’s roughly 35 participants are selected based on their potential for personal, academic, and professional success if provided a certain level of targeted support.… Full story »

Promising Programs Statewide: UNC-Greensboro Higher Education Research Summer 2015

A Focus on Hispanic students and the Degrees Matter! Initiative The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) offers an effective initiative geared toward increasing persistence and completion among its Hispanic students, many of whom also tend to be first-generation students. Enrollment of Hispanic students at UNCG has increased by almost 8 percent in the last 10 years without any concerted effort by UNCG.… Full story »

Snapshot: Veteran and Military Students Higher Education Research Summer 2015

Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) has been rated one of the nation’s top colleges for veterans and one of the most military friendly. With its close proximity to Fort Bragg, active military and veteran students and their families comprise a large portion of the student body and there are numerous programs designed to facilitate their educational achievement.… Full story »

Promising Programs Statewide: Bladen Community College Higher Education Research Summer 2015

Distance Learning Program         Bladen Community College (BCC), located in rural southeastern North Carolina, has one of the most effective distance learning programs in the state. It is one of five institutions of higher learning (along with Duke University and UNC-Charlotte, for example) and the only community college in North Carolina to have received certification from the U.S.… Full story »

Promising Programs Statewide: Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Higher Education Research Summer 2015

The Minority Student Leadership Academy (the Academy) The Minority Student Leadership Academy (the Academy) at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (ABTech) was established in 2008 to increase retention and graduation rates among minority male students as well as provide leadership and training opportunities. Initial funding was provided through the NC Community College System, secured through a federal crime prevention grant, to address retention and graduation for minority males, specifically.1 The Academy seeks to develop the whole student.… Full story »

Promising Programs Statewide: College of The Albemarle Higher Education Research Summer 2015

College of The Albemarle: M.E.D.I.A. (Men of Excellence and Distinction in the Albemarle)         College of The Albemarle’s Elizabeth City campus is the only one of its campuses to offer a program called M.E.D.I.A. (Men of Excellence and Distinction in the Albemarle). M.E.D.I.A.’s inaugural class was inducted in 2012. The program is designed for minority males and provides them with critical academic, personal, social and professional support.… Full story »

Promising Programs Statewide: Elizabeth City State University  Higher Education Research Summer 2015

“First-Year Experience,” MERIT, and JEWELS Elizabeth City State University (ECSU), located in Pasquotank County in eastern North Carolina, is also part of the UNC system. In the fall of 2014, 73 percent of students enrolled were African American.1 Because ECSU is predominantly African-American, the programs and initiatives the institution offers to increase enrollment, completion, and overall attainment levels, while not necessarily designated for minority students, significantly impact the success rates for minority students.… Full story »