Below are links to download some of the publicly available resources that have informed the development of North Carolina’s statewide educational attainment goal and myFutureNC’s attainment strategy. If you have any questions related to these or need anything else, please contact us at communications@myFutureNC.org.
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An investment in myFutureNC is an investment in North Carolina’s future. It is an investment in its people, its communities and its economy. Support toward meeting this goal is critical and lifechanging. 2 Million by 2030 will benefit all North Carolinians. An investment in myFutureNC is an investment in a stronger North Carolina.
This Plan is a result of input from the myFutureNC Strategic Plan Working Group, which included myFutureNC Board members and partners from the Belk Center, Carolina Demography, EdNC, former Executive Director of Tennessee Score, NC Chamber, NC Community Colleges, NCICU, State Board of Education, The Hunt Institute, The Friday Institute, and UNC System. We worked to make sure the vision, goals, and five strategic responsibilities are grounded in the Call to Action report (link). These also provide a strong, action-oriented foundation upon which to build, while allowing for enough flexibility that myFutureNC can adapt to meet the most current state and local needs. We tried to make sure there was enough distinction between each of the strategic responsibilities, separating out the work around the general public, state and sector leaders, local initiatives, research, and measuring progress toward our goal.
Postsecondary education is a critical path forward for post-COVID economic recovery. The pandemic has brought many challenges and highlights the importance of education after high school. The state must capitalize on one of the best education infrastructures in the nation by working during this time to improve the delivery of education and support to students to result in better college readiness, and higher college enrollment and completion rates with degrees and credentials that align with business and industry needs.
All people have been affected greatly by the pandemic, but those without postsecondary degrees or high-quality credentials have been hit especially hard economically. Data from Georgetown University shows that in April 2020, 19.2% of workers with a high school education level or less were unemployed as compared to just 8.5% of workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher. Education is both a short-term recovery approach and a long-term strategy to ensure our residents have the required skills and education to navigate a fluctuating economy. North Carolina leaders have a deep commitment and history of working collaboratively to support educational opportunities for all.
In February 2019, myFutureNC embarked on one of the most ambitious education attainment goals in the country: 2 million high-quality credentials or postsecondary degrees by 2030. We’re on a mission to completely close the educational attainment gap in North Carolina, but we must act now. If we do nothing, by 2030 our state will fall short 400,000 individuals with the skills needed to fill our future jobs.
To update stakeholders on this goal, and to provide strategies for community and business leaders to facilitate education attainment in their region, myFutureNC hosted its 2020-2030: A Vision for Attainment event February 10, 2020. Livestream Link
We’re on a mission to completely close the educational attainment gap in North Carolina. Our ambitious goal: Ensuring that by 2030, 2 million North Carolinians have a high-quality credential or postsecondary degree or credential. myFutureNC Mission and Goals 2019
The following documents were published on February 20, 2019, when myFutureNC officially announced its recommendation for North Carolina’s educational attainment goal.
Six documents summarize the Challenges and Barriers identified during the Listening Tour (one for each of the different themes), as well as the related Recommendations provided by Listening Tour participants. Where appropriate, we have supplemented participant comments with relevant data from the statewide EducationNC and Gallup surveys.
Foundational Challenges & Barriers to Student Attainment & Related Recommendations
Structural Challenges & Barriers to Student Attainment & Related Recommendations
Engagement Challenges & Barriers to Student Attainment & Related Recommendations
Social/Cultural Challenges & Barriers to Student Attainment & Related Recommendations
Place-Based Challenges & Barriers to Student Attainment & Related Recommendations
Fiscal Challenges & Barriers to Student Attainment & Related Recommendations
Recommendations for Moving the Work Forward
myFutureNC collaborated with Gallup to conduct a statewide household mail survey of North Carolina residents during August 2018. The study measured residents’ opinions at each level of education available in the state, including early childhood education, K12 schools, two-year community colleges and four-year public and private colleges and universities.
Through its listening sessions, the myFutureNC Commission heard from communities in the state engaged in impressive efforts to give residents the education and skills needed to thrive in today’s economy. ncIMPACT at the UNC School of Government and EdNC will present program profiles of these local innovations and explain how they support the five themes of the myFutureNC Commission.
Carolina Demography, led by Dr. Rebecca Tippett, have compiled a series of four data briefs using the National Student Clearinghouse data to better understand key transition points and the college-going behaviors of North Carolina public high school graduates from 2009-2016.