A primary focus of our work at the Belk Center is to support community college leaders and educators in making evidence-based decisions that advance equitable student outcomes. The purpose of this guide is to curate a hub of information for community colleges interested in valuable resources that can continue to inform decisions that support student success in North Carolina.  

Our partners at the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program provide a useful framework for defining student success. Based on their work with community colleges, they have observed that excellent community colleges demonstrate high-quality outcomes in learning, completion and transfer, labor market outcomes, and equity. In North Carolina, research and practice points to areas of strength and opportunities to address the leaks in our education pipeline. The Belk Center believes that community colleges are critical to the social and economic mobility of North Carolinians and the economic competitiveness of their regions.

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Equity

This section provides resources related to supporting students from traditionally underserved backgrounds in higher education including Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students. We encourage utilizing equity related to strategies to support your action plans across multiple areas including the K12 to community college pipeline, partway home students, retention/persistence, and completion. 

Reports and Data Resources:

Equity-Focused National Organizations:

Equity-Focused Organizations in North Carolina:

High School Students

This section provides resources related to recruitment of high school students upon graduation, specifically pertaining to those who intend to go to college but do not enroll. We encourage utilizing these resources to support strategies related to K-12 partnerships and increasing enrollment.

Reports and Data Resources:

Partway Home

This section provides resources related to partway home students, or adult learners who have accumulated some college credit. We encourage utilizing these resources to support strategies related to increasing enrollment, retention/persistence, and completion.

Reports and Data Resources:

Statewide Partway Home Initiatives:

Labor Market Outcomes

In order to ensure that students are being placed upon completion, it is vital to use labor market outcomes to predict the institution’s geographic labor needs and support programs, certificates, and continuing education in those areas. We encourage utilizing these resources to support strategies related to transfer, workforce, and completion.

Reports and Data Resources:

General Data Resources: 

Retention and Credential Completion

This section provides resources related to retention and credential completion for community college students. We encourage utilizing these resources to support strategies related to completion, retention, and persistence. 

Reports and Data Resources:


Guided Pathways


Retention


Completion


Part-time students

Student Services

Student services play a vital role in providing holistic support for students including academic advising, financial aid, and identity based programming. We encourage utilizing these resources to support strategies related to retention/persistence, the K12 to community college pipeline, partway home students, and completion.

Reports and Data Resources:


Advising/Success Coaching


Emergency Aid


Financial Aid

 

FAFSA Completion


Health Services


Holistic Student Supports

 

ASAP


Student Parents

Transfer

The need for equitable and efficient transfer practices and policies has never been more urgent in the state of North Carolina. With the statewide attainment goal of increasing the number of North Carolinians with high-quality credentials by 400,000 people in the next 10 years, transfer pathways that support students to earn degrees and enter the workforce are essential. We encourage using these resources to support strategies related to transfer, completion, and retention/persistence.

Reports and Data Resources:

Teaching and Learning

Reports and Data Resources:

Teaching and Learning Centers:

Fundraising

This section provides organizations that typically fund community colleges and related projects. We encourage sharing your institution’s action plan and strategies to build connections and potentially receive funding.

Organizations with Additional Resources

  • CCRC
    • Resources
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  • ACCU
    • Resources
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