New Report: The Impact of North Carolina’s Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Among Community College Transfer Students
In this new report, authors Melissa Whatley, Rachel Worsham, and Jonathan Loss examine the early impact of North Carolina’s revised (2014) Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) and its impact on Black, Latin*, and white transfer students.
New Policy Brief by Holley Nichols & Renee Barger on Adult Learners
The first policy brief in a series produced via a partnership between myFutureNC and the Belk Center to create accessible and thorough briefs that address the pressing challenges community colleges face and highlight promising practices that improve outcomes.
Viewpoints from College and Career Access Programs: New Report by Paul Schnorenberg, Greyson Norcross, Laura Maldonado, Patti Harris, Andrea DeSantis, and Sarah Deal
This evaluation report explores the operations, resources offered, and coverage of these services among organizations providing support for college and career access for North Carolina’s high school students.
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:
Briefs and Reports:
- Supporting the College and Career Transition from High School to Beyond During Times of Uncertainty: Viewpoints from College and Career Access Programs (June 2021)
- The Effect of the Career and Technical Education Pathway on Community College Attainment: An Instrumental Variables Approach (May 2021)
- College and Career Promise Leading to Transfer Outcomes: A Regression Discontinuity Analysis (November 2020)
- The Relationship Between Participation in Career and College Promise and Community College Attainment (November 2020)
- Postsecondary Participation in SkillsUSA (June 2020)
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 examine NC Community Colleges’ processes for using the CARES Act student emergency funds. Current reports:
We conduct research exploring the types of international education programs and experiences happening at community colleges. Current reports:
Transfer is vital to ensuring the state of North Carolina meets in the statewide attainment goal to increase the number of North Carolinians with credentials. Our research is focused on the experiences and outcomes of students earning credits at North Carolina community colleges and how those credits are transfer into 4-year institutions. We look a policies such as Career and College Promise, a policy that allows high schools students to earn credit while in high school as well as the impact of articulation agreements, such as the comprehensive articulation agreement.
Along with our research we are also supporting Transfer Working Groups made up of representatives from the NCCCS, UNC System, the Transfer Advisory Committee, and other key stakeholders around transfer in the state to improve the experience of transfer for students. The groups met for the first time in fall of 2020 and will be sharing more details about their priorities in the upcoming months.
Briefs & Reports:
- Effective Community College and Public University Transfer Partnerships in North Carolina (April 2021)
- Identifying Effective Community College and Public University Transfer Partnerships in North Carolina (April 2021)
- Examining the Baccalaureate Completion of Associate in Applied Science Transfers (March 2021)
- Community College-HBCU Transfer Students: Promising Practices for Student Success (February 2021)
- Credential Completion and Transfer Outcomes at North Carolina’s Community Colleges Using IPEDS Outcome Measures (February 2021)
- Transfer Equity in Access and Completion: A Demographic Profile of North Carolina’s Community College Students Who Transfer to University of North Carolina Institutions (February 2021)
- Low-Income Transfer Students: Paths to Bachelor’s Degree Completion (December 2020)
- The Relationship Between Participation in Career and College Promise and Community College Attainment (December 2020)
- College and Career Promise Leading to Transfer Outcomes: A Regression Discontinuity Analysis (December 2020)
- The Role of North Carolina’s Comprehensive Articulation Agreement in Transfer Efficiency (October 2020)
- Baccalaureate Degree Completion in North Carolina: Through a Dual Enrollment Pathway (October 2020)
The presidential pathways study is one of three studies that support the Executive Leadership Program at the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research. The purpose of this study is two-fold: first to provide a set of baseline data of the current presidents in the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) as of January 2020 in order to track changes in the leadership over the next several years; second, to analyze the data and identify the educational, experiential and leadership pathways of current presidents. Current report:
The Belk Center 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. Current report:
- A Q-Methodology Study of African American Male Perceptions of the Factors that Contribute to their Persistence at a Rural Community College (Jeffrey Allen)
- Predicting Student Success in Online Postsecondary Career and Technical Education: Engaging with Peers, Faculty, Content and Work-Based Learning (Alain Ayangma)
- The Impact of Institutional Characteristics on Performance Measure Success Rates at Community Colleges in North Carolina (John Bakken)
- Mixed Methods Analysis of Effective Transfer Partnerships at Two- and Four-Year Colleges in North Carolina (Carrie Bartek)
- The Experiences of Dual Enrollment Students on Completion of Baccalaureate Degrees in North Carolina (Kara Battle)
- Examining the Perspectives of Geospatial Professionals Toward the U.S. Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model: A Q Methodology Approach (Rodney Jackson)
- A Case Study Exploring Perspectives of Community College Experiences’ Role on Soft Skills Development of North Carolina Students Enrolled in Career and Technical Programs (Micara Lewis-Sessoms)
- Exploring the Role of Demographics and Occupation-type (Based on Career Clusters) on Labor Market Outcomes Among the Associate Degree Holders: A study Based on American Community Survey (ACS) Data from 2016 (Fawad Rafi)
- The Experiences of Low-Income Transfer Students and Their Paths to Bachelor’s Degree Completion (Ashley Swing)
- The Role of Relational Trust in Promoting Faculty Engagement in Student Success Reform Efforts at Community Colleges (Susan Burleson)
- The Influence of Late Course Registration on Student Success in Higher Education (Adrianne Freeman)
- Competency Identification for Threat Assessment and Management Trainees: A Modified Delphi Study (Heather Kloeker-Webster)
- Community College Students’ Viewpoints of an Outstanding Advising Process: A Q Method Examination (Melvina Lee)
- Stakeholder Perceptions on the Most Important Knowledge and Skills to Gain Through a Graduate Program in Training and Development: A Q-Study (Austina White)
- Middle Leaders Communication with Faculty during Student Success Reform Efforts in Two Community Colleges (Constance Wolfe)