Six NC Colleges Work to Broaden Educational Opportunities
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Six colleges in North Carolina have found they can do more to offer educational opportunities when they work together.
Cooperating Raleigh Colleges is a collaboration between six higher-education institutions in Raleigh, which allows students from one college or university in the system to benefit from the others.
Maura DiColla, executive director of the consortium, said one of the main advantages for students is the ability to enroll in courses at other colleges that may not be offered on their own campus.
"As long as they are in good academic standing and meet their criteria that the institution set for cross-registration, they have access to take classes that are not available at their home institution," DiColla explained. "They can take them at a visited institution and transfer those classes back, and that is a guaranteed trend because of the consortium."
She pointed out the classes are primarily available during the fall and spring semesters for in-person learning. The partnership offers 500 courses. The schools include a large state university, an all-women's college, two historically Black colleges, a community college, and a co-ed liberal arts university.
DiColla stressed there is more to the partnership than expanding academic opportunities, pointing out it generates major benefits for the local economy.
"Research from that economic impact study showed that we have $9 billion contributed to the local economy by our CRC institutions, and the total income generated by our institutions was estimated to be about $180 million," DiColla reported.
The 2018 study also found the schools together represent 22% of all wage and salary income in the local economy and 40% of all Wake County jobs.
DiColla added the consortium has more than 110,000 students and nearly 220 employees within its partnerships.
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