Supported by the John M. Belk Endowment, the Aspen Institute is engaged in a project designed to advance student success practice and leadership in the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS). To complement the significant student-success work already occurring across the NCCCS, Aspen is launching its North Carolina Roadmap to Excellence project which aims to improve student outcomes in five areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, transfer and bachelor’s degree completion, employment and earnings, and access and success for minority and low-income students. The project has three components:
- Deep dive site visits. Based on extensive data collection and two-day site visits to eight NC community colleges, Aspen staff and national experts are providing feedback reports that offer clear summaries of the college’s student outcomes, strengths, and potential areas for improvement, with specific reference to tools, models of excellence, and next steps the college can consider adopting.
- NC State partnership. Aspen is working with faculty and leaders in NC State University’s College of Education to incorporate elements of Aspen’s community college curricular materials into NC State’s community college doctoral program.
- State level report. Based on analysis of NCCCS outcomes and Aspen’s engagement in the state, Aspen will release a state-level report summarizing areas of strength and opportunities for improvement in community college outcomes across the state.