Belk Center News

Jan 25, 2021

Achieving the Dream President and CEO Karen A. Stout Named Chair of Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research Advisory Board

"I am thrilled and honored that Dr. Karen Stout has agreed to serve as the next Belk Center Advisory Board chair,” added Belk Center Executive Director and W. Dallas Herring Professor Audrey J. Jaeger, Ph.D. “Karen has engaged with me and the Belk Center for the past several years. I have benefited from her wise counsel and I am looking forward to her guidance and leadership of the board. She is the perfect leader at this time when our focus on equity aligns with Achieving The Dream’s commitment to equity in institutional redesign.” Read more here!

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!

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.

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 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.

Nov 10, 2020

Belk Center Publishes Annual Report (2019-2020): Read Here

As Belk Center Executive Director and W. Dallas Herring Distinguished Professor, Dr. A.J. Jaeger, shares in her opening letter, "This report highlights recent Belk Center achievements in three key areas: fostering community college excellence, educating future leaders, and conducting actionable research." Interested in learning more about the Belk Center's mission and work over the past year? Click here to read the report.

Oct 28, 2020

Research Brief by Kara A. Battle, Ed.D. on Degree Completion in North Carolina Through a Dual Enrollment Pathway

Graduate of the Adult and Community College Education Ed.D. Program, Kara A. Battle, Ed.D. has developed a research brief about her study on the experiences of students who participated in dual enrollment (DE) programs at community colleges in North Carolina […]

Oct 9, 2020

Inside Higher Ed Quotes Belk Center Executive Director, Audrey Jaeger, in “Community Colleges Who Made the Call Early”

"The need to consider so many factors means there is no right or wrong decision for community colleges, said Audrey Jaeger, executive director of the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research at North Carolina State University and an alumni distinguished graduate professor." Read more!