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Convene. Create. Catalyze.

The Belk Center serves North Carolina’s community colleges by convening leaders, creating tools, and catalyzing social and economic mobility for learners – building stronger, more resilient communities.

Our Mission

We believe collaboration drives systemic change. That’s why the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research serves as a meeting place for the people and ideas furthering more evidence-based community college outcomes. Working with educators, researchers, policymakers and other key stakeholders from across North Carolina and the country, we distill knowledge into actionable insights, create opportunities for collaboration, and equip community college leaders to tackle their most pressing issues.

Deputy Director Monica Clark speaks from a podium to an audience at a Belk Center convening.
Rural College Leaders Program hosted by the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research

Our Vision

We’re working to build a North Carolina where all 58 community colleges are connected, supported, and equipped in their charge to drive statewide prosperity and equity.

We work with colleges, educators, and policymakers to advance equitable student outcomes within individual institutions and at the state level.

Our history.

North Carolina’s community colleges, like our peers across the nation, are facing a critical leadership shortage. Learn more about why the Belk Center was created and how we’re working to develop a pipeline of exceptional community college leaders to guide our institutions into the future.

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