August 24, 2018

Need to Know

Today, Mebane Rash is kicking off EducationNC’s community college blitz by visiting Halifax Community College. Next week, EdNC and NCCPPR staff will travel across the state to visit all 58 community colleges. Keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter at @Awake58NC and sign up for the Awake58 newsletter. All week, EdNC.org will feature stories from our visits and perspectives from community college leaders.

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In the News

Articles about North Carolina education and authored by North Carolina educators are everywhere this week, it seems. If you haven’t read these, check out the following articles featuring North Carolina education.

Dropping Knowledge

A new report from American Public Media looks at colleges’ role in economic mobility — both in helping students climb the economic ladder and in keeping that ladder out of reach for most low-income students. The report points out the troubling fact that the colleges best equipped to boost economic mobility tend to have the lowest populations of low-income students. In addition, simply accepting more low-income students is not sufficient. Colleges must support them through completion:

“Social mobility doesn’t happen just because a school takes in students from poor families. Plenty of schools are willing to take their students’ money, but many of those schools don’t catapult their students to higher incomes.”

The report profiles Stony Brook University as “the best mobility maker of highly selective public colleges in the nation.”


  • The Bipartisan Cry of ‘Not in My Backyard’

    Upshot | 08/21/2018

  • Phones Are Changing the Texture of Family Life

    The Atlantic | 08/22/2018

  • Students are dropping out of college before even starting. Here’s how educators are trying to stop the trend.

    The Washington Post | 08/23/2018

  • Why More Cities Should Offer Summer Jobs for Teens

    Harvard Business Review | 08/23/2018

  • Triangle, Charlotte Customers Get Biggest Share of Blue Cross ACA Rate Cuts

    North Carolina Health News | 08/23/2018

  • School lunch programs becoming more essential for North Carolina families

    Carolina Public Press | 08/20/2018