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Jan 8, 2021

EdNC Perspective | Going above and beyond — Inspirations from community colleges during COVID-19

"The Belk Center at North Carolina State University wanted to assess how community college employees were managing their professional and personal experiences during the pandemic and help other colleges define and meet their current and future needs. The Employee Perspectives During Times of Uncertainty survey was developed with the goal of providing actionable data to support decision-making and planning for the upcoming semesters." Read more here!

Jan 6, 2021

Belk Center Research Associate, Renee Barger, Authors New Report: North Carolina Community Colleges and the CARES Act Student Emergency Aid

A new report authored by Belk Center Research Associate, Renee Barger, in collaboration with EdNC, examines NC Community Colleges’ planning processes for using the CARES Act student emergency funds, describes their methods of distribution, identifies how many students were helped, […]

Dec 3, 2020

EdNC Perspective | Career and College Promise: A premier college access program with room for growth

"[...] For North Carolina to fully realize the potential impact of Career and College Promise on postsecondary attainment, to reduce inequities and close postsecondary attainment gaps, the program must provide equitable access for Black, Latinx, and Native American populations," writes Sarah A. Deal, Ph. D. research affiliate at the Belk Center. Read more here on Sarah's research about North Carolina's Career and College Promise.

Dec 1, 2020

Learning from the Best: Durham Tech seeks external assessment from Aspen Institute, Achieving the Dream, and Belk Center

The Belk Center is pleased to work with Aspen Institute’s Center for College Excellence and Achieving the Dream to develop a joint approach to assessing existing institutional efforts against key student outcomes, and provide recommendations to inform Durham Tech’s strategic focus. The goal is to help the College emerge from the pandemic positioned to succeed while identifying priorities and new directions from best-in-class institutions.

Dec 1, 2020

Belk Center Conducts Research Study on the Strategic Plans of NC Community Colleges

The Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research works with North Carolina’s community colleges and leaders to improve student success. To measure progress, it is critical to first capture a snapshot of activities that guide current practices, policies, and procedures at each of the North Carolina community colleges. As part of a broader research agenda to provide a descriptive analysis of executive leadership across North Carolina, this research project focused on the strategic plans developed by the college’s president, leadership team, and stakeholders as of January 2020.

Nov 30, 2020

2020 ACTER Conference: Where to Find Belk Center Colleagues

Many of our Belk Center colleagues, including doctoral students and ECMCF fellows, are currently engaging with the annual Association of Career and Technical Education Research conference (11/30-12/1). Presentation and research topics include the relationship between online student interactions and student success in postsecondary career and technical education, training and mentoring scholars to improve postsecondary CTE, and the learning habits of non-traditional adult students in an online CTE Program.

Nov 30, 2020

Belk Center Team Members Present at #ASHE2020 Conference

From November 18th-21st, 2020, members of the Belk Center team presented at the 45th Annual Association for the Study of Higher Education Conference. Presentation topics included centering equity in research on community college transfer, reducing burdens in the financial aid process for underserved students, and researching how strategic plans support student success. Check out more conference research topics from the Belk Center team here.

Nov 24, 2020

Research Brief by Belk Center’s Dr. Sarah A. Deal on the Relationship Between Participation in Career and College Promise and Community College Attainment

This research brief by Belk Center Research Associate, Sarah A. Deal, Ph.D., is the first of a series that addresses the relationship between North Carolina’s dual enrollment program, Career and College Promise (CCP), and community college attainment in the state.

Nov 24, 2020

Research Brief by Belk Center’s Dr. Sarah A. Deal on College and Career Promise Leading to Transfer Outcomes

Sarah A. Deal, Ph.D., research affiliate at the Belk Center and 2020 graduate of the Educational Policy Leadership and Human Development Program, has developed the second research brief in a series that addresses the relationship between North Carolina’s dual enrollment program, Career and College Promise (CCP), and community college attainment in the state.

Nov 20, 2020

John M. Belk Endowment Impact Fellows Gain Valuable Research, Career Experience Through Work at Belk Center

The John M. Belk Endowment Impact Fellowship is a paid program that provides hands-on experience for students currently enrolled in a higher education program in North Carolina with a goal of helping students gain exposure to the inner workings of organizations playing a variety of critical roles across North Carolina’s education landscape. Read more here about this year's three fellows.