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Research to Action
We help community colleges identify critical needs and support their leaders in making evidence-based decisions.
Belk Center Events Full Calendar
Sept. 9-12 | Presidents' Academy
Community College leaders are developing questions about how academic programs can best serve their communities after taking a deep dive into data at the second Presidents’ Academy event hosted by the NC State College of Education’s Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research.
Dec. 3 | Dallas Herring Lecture
NC State honors the legacy of Dallas Herring, a pillar of the North Carolina Community College system, by hosting the annual Dallas Herring Lecture. It invites top community college leaders to speak on urgent and emerging topics, framing how to address the issues and proposing a path forward. This year's speaker was Dr. Sanford “Sandy” Shugart, who has served since 2000 as the fourth president of Valencia College in greater Orlando, Florida. Dr. Shugart spoke on “Ecosystem Thinking in Higher Education: The Future of Transfer.”
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Our state and national partners are instrumental in the Belk Center's establishment. Each partner has played a critical role in shaping the center's purpose and continues to support our work through identifying the urgent needs our community colleges face and designing programming to meet those needs.
“Excellent leaders make an exceptional difference in student success. Investing in community college leaders now will pay dividends for decades to come by strengthening North Carolina’s middle class and contributing to the state’s economic prosperity.”
— Dr. Robert Templin
Former president of nationally renowned Northern Virginia Community
College, who joins NC State as a professor of practice for this initiative
and serves as a senior fellow at The Aspen Institute.
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NC State College of Education Celebrates Grand Opening of Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research
The NC State College of Education held an opening reception for its Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at the center’s new location at 706 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. Nearly 100 guests, including many […]
Valencia College President Sanford ‘Sandy’ Shugart: ‘Dramatic Improvements in the Transfer Ecosystem’ Needed to Help Students Transition from Community Colleges to Universities
Nearly 80% of all community college students say they hope to ultimately earn a bachelor’s degree, but only about 15% are able to successfully transfer to a four-year institution and graduate within six years. This imbalance is why Sanford “Sandy” […]