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Two of every three new jobs now require some form of postsecondary education.



We have two North Carolinas when it comes to education and opportunity—the affluent, well-educated population centers—and the small towns and rural communities that have been left out of the rising economic and educational tide that has lifted our state, and North Carolina is one of only a few states without a comprehensive strategic plan from pre-K through postsecondary education. The goal of this effort is simple but by no means easy: to develop a multi-year education plan that recommends a robust attainment goal for the state and a broad-based agenda for a stronger and more competitive North Carolina. We can do better and we should do better—the future of our great state depends on it.


Our Goal

There are five scheduled meetings across the state of the myFutureNC Commission, as well as nine “listening sessions” to solicit input from different stakeholders. The launch meeting took place on October 17, 2017, with 2018 meetings scheduled in February in Winston-Salem, June in Cary, October in Asheville and December in Charlotte.

The Commission’s primary goal is to create a multi-year education plan and a broad-based agenda for a stronger, more competitive North Carolina. The work of the Commission is to:

  • Develop a comprehensive statewide education plan, from early childhood through postsecondary education, which recommends clear attainment goals, identifies key benchmarks, and proposes promising reforms to guide the future of education in North Carolina.
  • Break down silos and coordinate key stakeholders to make the best use of all educational resources in the state.
  • Debate the key issues and needs of the state to garner higher levels of public awareness and engagement.

myFutureNC is a statewide commission focusing on educational attainment, bringing together North Carolina’s thought leaders in education, business, philanthropy, faith-based and nonprofit communities and ex-officio representatives from the North Carolina House of Representatives, Senate and Governor’s office. The effort is led by a team of co-chairs- Dale Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer of Medical Mutual Holdings; Andrea Smith, Chief Administrative Officer of Bank of America; and Margaret Spellings, President of the University of North Carolina.

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