Belk Center News

Mar 23, 2021

Study From Belk Center Research Associates Finds North Carolinas’ Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Helped Modestly Reduce Excess Credit Accumulation for Community College Transfer Students

"Roughly 80% of all community college students plan to transfer to a four-year institution, but studies have found that fewer than 15% successfully earn a bachelor’s degree..."

Mar 10, 2021

Belk Center Welcomes Three New Advisory Board Members

We are pleased to welcome three new members to our Advisory Board: Dr. Pam Eddinger, Thomas A. Stith, III, and Dr. Charlene Dukes. You can learn more about our new board members here. Thank you all for your commitment to help us support North Carolina’s community college leaders! We are grateful for the collective experience and insight that you bring to our trusted advisory board...

Mar 3, 2021

20 Doctoral Students to Represent NC State College of Education at National Conferences through Belk Center Fellows Program

"Maggie May ‘23EDD, an adjunct faculty member in the North Carolina Community College System and a doctoral student in the NC State College of Education’s Community College Leadership program, had never applied for a fellowship opportunity before, so she was “awestruck” when she was selected to be one of 20 Belk Center Fellows." Read more here!

Feb 26, 2021

The Chronicle of Higher Education Quotes Belk Center Executive Director, Audrey Jaeger, in “Faculty Members Are Suffering Burnout. These Strategies Could Help.”

"Faculty members are anxious and burned out. Juggling work and disrupted personal lives in the midst of a pandemic, they need help if they are going to remain — and flourish — in academe. The Chronicle recently released a special report, Burned Out and Overburdened, that explores how colleges can provide support..."

Feb 15, 2021

Strategic Planning

Last fall, at the request of our presidents, we began offering support to community colleges during their strategic planning process. The support is informed by and extends the key takeaways from our research on NC community college’s strategic plans.  In […]

Feb 15, 2021

North Carolina Racial Equity Project

DEI Committee for North Carolina Community Colleges In July 2020, former North Carolina Community College System President Peter Hans appointed presidents Thomas Walker and Don Tomas to lead an Advisory Council to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The […]

Feb 15, 2021

Teaching and Learning

In the fall of 2018, Dr. Karen Stout, President and CEO of Achieving the Dream, delivered the Belk Center’s Dallas Herring lecture. Stout’s lecture, entitled “The Urgent Case: Centering Teaching and Learning in the Next Generation of Community College Redesign,” presented […]

Feb 3, 2021

Belk Center Colleagues Remember Visionary Community College Leader, Dr. George Vaughan

At the Belk Center, we are saddened to learn of the recent passing of Dr. George Vaughan, one of the nation’s most successful community college presidents and a professor emeritus of adult and community college education in NC State’s College of Education. “Dr. Vaughan's wealth of practical experience as well as scholarly insight impacted our entire college,” W. Dallas Herring Professor of Community College Education and Belk Center Executive Director Audrey Jaeger shares. Read more here.

Feb 1, 2021

PCC Administrators Pleased with Results from PACE Study

“The PACE study is an important instrument for gauging how employees view their job responsibilities, work relationships and the college’s goals and values,” PCC President Lawrence Rouse said. “The results provide leadership at the college with valuable insight that can be used to modify approaches that make PCC stronger, and they give members of the community a clear understanding of the college’s character and what it stands for.” Read about Pitt Community College's PACE Climate Survey results here!

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!