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 Colleges and University of North Carolina System institutions.
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. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 130 full-time and adjunct faculty were interviewed at six community colleges, resulting in recommendations for disciplines, institutions, and the community college system.
Our research efforts to institute systemic change centers on a transition from the more traditional approaches – which are often jargon-laden and slow to reach decision-makers — to modes of scholarship that are timely, accessible and digestible. The research we conduct addresses community college practitioner needs and provides actionable data that leaders can use to make informed improvements at their institutions. Further, the broader practice-focused research agenda we develop dovetails with continuous institutional improvement efforts at North Carolina community colleges. Our current body of research focuses on key areas:
Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE)
We are currently working on an evaluation of the RISE, the co-requisite developmental remediation model in North Carolina. During the Spring 2019 semester, the first group of community colleges piloted the new model. Our evaluation work will focus both on the implementation and student outcomes. Current Reports:
Finish Line Grants
In September 2019, we co-hosted the Finish Line Grants Symposium program. The support the implementation of a program is designed to provide emergency aid to community college students facing financial challenges.
We conduct research exploring the types of international education programs and experiences happening at community colleges. Current reports:
Transfer of students from community colleges to four-year institutions, including the UNC System, is a priority for North Carolina. Our research is focused on how policies and practices within the state help to facilitate successful transfer and degree attainment. We have previously worked with the Transfer Advisory Committee to provide an overview of transfer graduation rates by student demographics and credits earned.
Understanding Who Studies Abroad at 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).
Postsecondary Participation in SkillsUSA
Dr. Laura G. Maldonado, Lead Research Associate with the Belk Center, has developed a research brief about her qualitative case study which explored how participation in SkillsUSA, a career and technical student organization (CTSO), influenced community college students’ preparedness for the workforce and connection to campus.
How do community colleges improve student outcomes? Department chair communication with faculty plays an important role.
This study explored the ways department chairs communicated with faculty during key moments of change in two colleges that have seen improvements in student retention and completion.