Research Briefs

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 9, 2020

Research Brief by Ashley Swing, Ed.D. on Low-Income Transfer Students: Paths to Bachelor’s Degree Completion

Ashley Swing, Ed.D, Graduate of the Adult and Community College Education Ed.D. Program, developed a research brief based on her dissertation about the experiences of low-income students, defined as those who received a federal Pell grant, who successfully transferred from […]

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 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.

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 1, 2020

Belk Center Research Staff Author New Report: “The Role of North Carolina’s Comprehensive Articulation Agreement in Transfer Efficiency”

A new report from Rachel Worsham, Melissa Whatley, Renee Barger, and Audrey J. Jaeger, research staff in the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research, explores the ramifications of the 2014 revised Comprehensive Articulation Agreement between North Carolina Community […]

Aug 26, 2020

Dr. Melissa Whatley, Belk Center Postdoctoral Scholar, Authors New Report: “International Education at North Carolina Community Colleges”

Belk Center Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Melissa Whatley, Ph.D., shares the findings of a survey administered by the North Carolina Community College System Office during the 2019-2020 academic year to explore how NC community colleges “develop a globally and multi-culturally competent workforce” (NCCCS, 2020).

Aug 3, 2020

Research Brief by Belk Center’s Dr. Monique N. Colclough on Faculty Professional Development

Dr. Monique N. Colclough, Senior Research Associate with the Belk Center, has created a research brief about the teaching and learning case studies for faculty professional development in North Carolina’s community colleges.