Excerpt: Student Debt-Minimizing Programs Higher Education Research Summer 2015

The post below is excerpted from “The Commitment Revisited: Financial Aid and Tuition Policy in North Carolina,” a report on Public and Private Colleges and Universities and Community Colleges. Debt-Minimizing Programs             Since 2003, five UNC institutions have initiated debt-minimizing programs with the stated goal of eliminating or reducing the proportion of financial aid that is provided to students in the form of loans.… Full story »

A Strong Economy through Post-Secondary Education: Transfer Students Higher Education Research Summer 2015

From the Center’s recent report, “A Strong Economy through Post-Secondary Education,” here is a quick overview of transfer students: Transfer Students             The number of transfer students is growing each year, with the majority transferring from community colleges to four-year institutions. Initiatives such as the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement between the North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina and similar agreements with private institutions exist to facilitate the transfer process.… Full story »

Excerpt: Public Opinion on the Cost of College and Financial Aid Higher Education Research Summer 2015

This week, the Center highlighted findings from a online statewide poll on higher education issues. See the first, second, and third posts in the series.   High Point University   Today’s post continues the look at higher education polls, offering a view of attitudes over time. The chapter below is excerpted from “The Commitment Revisited: Financial Aid and Tuition Policy in North Carolina,” a report on Public and Private Colleges and Universities and Community Colleges.  … Full story »

Polling Data on College Completion and Tuition in North Carolina: Part 3 Higher Education Research Summer 2015

The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research conducted an online statewide poll to survey respondents on the highest credential completed, student loan amounts, and reasons North Carolinians do not complete their degree.1 To provide a unique look at state-level responses, the Center’s survey was limited to North Carolinians. Some of the results provide additional insight into the state-specific story of how individuals are pursuing higher education and what types of barriers they are facing.… Full story »

Polling Data on College Completion and Tuition in North Carolina: Part 2 Higher Education Research Summer 2015

The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research conducted an online statewide poll to survey respondents on the highest credential completed, student loan amounts, and reasons North Carolinians do not complete their degree.1 To provide a unique look at state-level responses, the Center’s survey was limited to North Carolinians. Some of the results provide additional insight into the state-specific story of how individuals are pursuing higher education and what types of barriers they are facing.… Full story »

Polling Data on College Completion and Tuition in North Carolina: Part 1 Higher Education Research Summer 2015

The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research conducted an online statewide poll to survey respondents on the highest credential completed, student loan amounts, and reasons North Carolinians do not complete their degree.1 To provide a unique look at state-level responses, the Center’s survey was limited to North Carolinians. Some of the results provide additional insight into the state-specific story of how individuals are pursuing higher education and what types of barriers they are facing.… Full story »

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 »