July 10, 2019
Editor’s note: Located within the Carolina Population Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, Carolina Demography uses population-level data and other available research to provide context and perspective to people working to shape North Carolina’s future. Under the leadership of Dr. Rebecca Tippett, Carolina Demography produced a series of Data Briefs for the myFutureNC Commission highlighting key data points in the areas of access, persistence, success, and postsecondary pathways and barriers to opportunity.
By: Dr. Rebecca Tippett, Director, Carolina Demography
In collaboration with the John M. Belk Endowment, Carolina Demography released, “North Carolina’s Leaky Educational Pipeline,” a report that maps North Carolina’s public postsecondary education pipeline and identifies our biggest opportunities for improvement. We focus on the public education pipeline—meaning outcomes from K-12 (NC Department of Public Instruction), NC Community Colleges, and the University of North Carolina system. These institutions serve the majority of our state’s students and were able to provide comprehensive data necessary to analyze student outcomes.
For this study, we followed North Carolina ninth-graders through our state’s public education institutions for 10 years. Just 16 percent of the most recent ninth-grade cohort graduated from high school on-time and made an on-time transition to an NC community college or UNC system school and received a degree or credential from that institution.
Our work identified four main “leaks,” or points during which students fell out of the pipeline before achieving postsecondary completion:
Race and Ethnicity
Read the full report to learn more about North Carolina’s Leaky Educational Pipeline.
Dr. Rebecca Tippett
Director, Carolina Demography