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 »

Promising Programs Statewide: Fayetteville State University Higher Education Research Summer 2015

Fayetteville State University: Boosting Bronco Brothers (B3), Bronco MILE, and My Brother’s Peer-Keepers             As outlined in Chapter 1, African American males have among the lowest attainment rates of minority peer groups. This is a troubling fact that has had tremendous impact on our economic well-being. This is why the challenge of providing African American males with the education necessary for success in the workforce has become a national priority.… Full story »

A Strong Economy through Post-Secondary Education: Part Three – Encouraging College Attainment for At-Risk Students Higher Education Research Summer 2015

Our approach to higher education must adapt in order to meet the needs of students in the face of a changing job market. As outlined in the first chapter, our state’s demographics are in a constant state of change. Minority populations are growing and baby boomers are retiring en masse, all at a time when our economy is shifting to one based on high-skill jobs that require a credential beyond high school.… Full story »

A Strong Economy through Post-Secondary Education: Part Two – Strategies to Increase Educational Attainment in North Carolina Higher Education Research Summer 2015

Improvement for North Carolina attainment numbers will require continued focus and support at the local, state, and federal levels in the coming years. It is not surprising that all three higher educational systems in North Carolina—The University of North Carolina (UNC), the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU)—have each made increased educational attainment a priority.… Full story »

A Strong Economy through Post-Secondary Education: Part One – Increasing Educational Attainment Higher Education Research Summer 2015

College attainment is most broadly defined as the percentage of the adult population that holds a two- or four-year college degree. Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) figures show that the college attainment rate of American adults ages 25-34 is only 42 percent, placing the United States 13th among other developed countries.1 Many notable statewide (for example, the University of North Carolina system and the North Carolina Community College System) systems and national (for example, the Lumina Foundation) organizations have identified increasing attainment rates as the single most important goal related to producing a workforce that is prepared to succeed in the jobs of the future.… Full story »