Increasing College Retention and Educational Attainment in North Carolina

Research funded by Lumina Foundation for Education

The center collaborated with six N.C. minority-serving educational institutions to build successful models for enhancing student retention and graduation rates, particularly among males of color.

Project Overview

Senior Research Associate Mark McDaniel collaborated with UNC Urban Investment Strategies Center Director James H. Johnson Jr. and a panel of scholars onĀ  a national education demonstration funded in part by the Lumina Foundation for Education through its Minority-serving Institutions initiative.

The initiative is one component of Bridges 2 Success, an innovation hub for universities, schools, childcare providers, teachers, coaches, donors and corporate sponsors working together to create strategies for academic success of Bridge Ready boys and young men. It focuses on the interconnection of primary academic supports from cradle to career. The UNC Center for Community Capital manages the Bridges2Success program in partnership with Johnson.

Among its activities was a November 2012 retreat that convened top-tier leaders to discuss strategies for improving retention and completion rates for males of color on UNC System campuses.



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