Research Briefs

Aug 5, 2022

New Research Brief on External Levers to Maximize Career Coaches’ Impact on North Carolina High School Students

The North Carolina (NC) Career Coach Program, a partnership with the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) and NC public high schools, works to support students’ career and academic goals and builds partnerships with industry to meet regional industrial needs. […]

Apr 15, 2022

New Research Brief on Persistence and Postsecondary Success for Black Students in NC Community Colleges

In their new research brief, John M. Belk Impact Fellows Tafui Leggard and Victoria Bryant teamed up with Belk Center Director of Teaching and Learning Engagement Monique N. Colclough, PhD to explore barriers and opportunities to persistence and postsecondary success for Black […]

Aug 26, 2021

New Research Brief by Jonathan E. Loss, Ed.D. on Recommendations to Revise the North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA)

Jonathan E. Loss, Ed.D., Belk Center Research Affiliate and Dean of Academics and Educational Opportunities at Catawba Valley Community College, has written a research brief that explores the amount of credit that North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) students are able […]

May 14, 2021

New Research Brief by Dr. Sarah A. Deal on the Effect of the CTE Pathway on Community College Attainment

Sarah A. Deal, Ph.D., research affiliate at the Belk Center and 2020 graduate of the Educational Policy Leadership and Human Development Program, has written the final 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 (read the first and second briefs).

Apr 8, 2021

New Research Brief by Carrie Bartek, Ed.D. on Effective Community College and Public University Transfer Partnerships in North Carolina

In this new research brief, Carrie Bartek, Ed.D. examines the transfer and partnership practices employed by pairs of community colleges and public universities in North Carolina, which were identified in a companion study as more effective than other colleges in helping […]

Apr 8, 2021

Carrie Bartek, Ed.D. Identifies Effective Community College and Public University Transfer Partnerships in North Carolina

In a newly released research brief, author Carrie Bartek, Ed.D. studies community college and university transfer partnerships in North Carolina with higher-than-expected bachelor’s degree attainment rates given their student, institutional, and environmental characteristics. This brief details the first part of a […]

Mar 25, 2021

Research Brief by Adam Atwell and Mark D’Amico Examines the Baccalaureate Completion of Associate in Applied Science Transfers

In a new research brief, authors Adam K. Atwell, Ed.D. and Mark M. D’Amico, Ph.D. study the baccalaureate completion of 11,770 transfer students who earned a single Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree from a North Carolina community college from […]

Feb 10, 2021

Melissa Whatley, Ph.D., Frim Ampaw, Ed.D., and Jemilia Davis, Ph.D., research transfer equity in access and completion for NC community college students

This report explores the demographics of students who transfer from North Carolina community colleges to public four-year institutions in the state and examines bachelor’s degree completion rates among these same demographic groups. Key findings include: Female students, American Indian/Alaska Native students, and Black/African American students comprise a larger percentage of community college students than they do transfer students...

Feb 10, 2021

Jason Taylor, Ph.D., and Melissa Whatley, Ph.D., explore credential completion and transfer outcomes at NC community colleges using IPEDS Outcome Measures

This report used data from a relatively new IPEDS survey, the Outcome Measures (OM) survey, to explore long-term credential and transfer outcomes at North Carolina’s community colleges. Findings include: More than half (55%) of entering North Carolina community college students either completed a community college credential (30%), transferred (24%), or were still enrolled (1%) within eight years...

Feb 10, 2021

New research by Monique Colclough, Ph.D., examines promising practices for community college-HBCU transfer student success

Colclough’s recent study looked at transfer practices and student support initiatives that influence student success and degree completion for all community college students who transfer to North Carolina’s public HBCUs. Based on findings, North Carolina’s Community Colleges and Public HBCU should consider: Flexible online degree completion opportunities that reflect best practices in remote teaching and learning...