Collection Number: 40311

Collection Title: North Carolina Education Research Council Records, 1997-2004

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Size 4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2800 items)
Abstract The North Carolina Education Research Council was established in 1998 to provide research-based information to the North Carolina Education Cabinet, which included state officials concerned with education policy: the governor; the chair of the State Board of Education; the North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction; and the presidents of the University of North Carolina (System), the North Carolina Community College System, and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. The council consisted of six members, each appointed by one of the members of the Education Cabinet. The council, in turn, appointed a director to administer research on issues that the council determined. For administrative purposes, the director and research staff were based in General Administration of the University of North Carolina (System). General Administration also provided staff assistance as needed to the council. Significant initiatives backed by the council included Governor James B. Hunt's NC Schools First in America challenge, Governor Michael Easley's Education First Task Force, and the Duke-University of North Carolina Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps. The Spencer Foundation and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation provided grants that supported much of the research. The North Carolina Education Research Council was discontinued in 2003. Records of the North Carolina Education Research Council include correspondence; planning documents; meeting agendas and minutes; grant proposals; reports and presentations of research findings; and other materials. Most of the materials relate to the NC Schools First in America challenge, the Governor's Education First Task Force, and the Duke-University of North Carolina Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps.
Creator North Carolina Education Research Council.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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No usage restrictions.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the North Carolina Education Research Council Records #40311, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the North Carolina Education Research Council in January 2008 (Records transfer 20080109.1).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The North Carolina Education Research Council was established in 1998 to provide research-based information to the North Carolina Education Cabinet, which included state officials concerned with education policy: the governor; the chair of the State Board of Education; the North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction; and the presidents of the University of North Carolina (System), the North Carolina Community College System, and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. The council consisted of six members, each appointed by one of the members of the Education Cabinet. The council, in turn, appointed a director to administer research on issues that the council determined. For administrative purposes, the director and research staff were based in General Administration of the University of North Carolina (System). General Administration also provided staff assistance as needed to the council. Significant initiatives backed by the council included Governor James B. Hunt's NC Schools First in America challenge, Governor Michael Easley's Education First Task Force, and the Duke-University of North Carolina Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps. The Spencer Foundation and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation provided grants that supported much of the research. The North Carolina Education Research Council was discontinued in 2003.

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Records of the North Carolina Education Research Council include correspondence; planning documents; meeting agendas and minutes; grant proposals; reports and presentations of research findings; and other materials. Most of the materials relate to the NC Schools First in America challenge, the Governor's Education First Task Force, and the Duke-University of North Carolina Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003.

About 800 items.

Arrangement: Alphabetical by file name, then chronological.

Materials related to the establishment and activities of the North Carolina Education Research Council. Included are correspondence, historical information, proposals, presentations, miscellaneous reports, and minutes and other materials related to meetings held from August 1999 to November 2003.

Folder 1

Charles Thompson, Council Director: Correspondence and Information, 1999-2003 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 1

DCD-40311/1

Charles Thompson, Council Director: Correspondence and Information, 1999-2003 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." DCD-40311/1

Compact disc labeled "Director Charles Thompson's Documents, 28 July 2003."

Folder 2

Correspondence, 2000-2001 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 2

Folder 3

Design of Council, 1998 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 3

Folder 4

Establishment of Council, 1997-2000 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 4

Folder 5

Historical Information, 1998-2003 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 5

Folder 6

Meeting, 24 August 1999 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 6

Folder 7

Meeting, 21 September 1999 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 7

Folder 8

Meeting, 4 November 1999 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 8

Folder 9

Meeting, 3 February 2000 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 9

Folder 10

Meeting, 6 April 2000 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 10

Folder 11

Meeting, 4 May 2000 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 11

Folder 12

Meeting mailings due to cancellation, June 2000 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 12

Folder 13

Meeting, 3 August 2000 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 13

Folder 14

Meeting, 23 July 2001 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 14

Folder 15

Meeting, 24 October 2001 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 15

Folder 16

Meeting, 16 January, 2002 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 16

Folder 17

Meeting, 16 April 2002 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 17

Folder 18

Meeting, 9 September 2002 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 18

Folder 19

Meeting, 3 December 2002 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 19

Folder 20

Meeting, 22 July, 2003 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 20

Folder 21

Meeting, 6 October, 2003 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 21

Folder 22

Meeting, 19 November, 2003 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 22

Folder 23

Miscellaneous Reports, 1999-2003 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 23

Folder 24

Presentation for DSSF/LEAP #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 24

Disadvantaged Student Supplemental Funding (DSSF)

Folder 25

Proposals, 1997-1998 #40311, Series: "1. Administrative Files, 1997-2003." Folder 25

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Grants, 1998-2003.

About 1000 items.

Materials related to grant proposals submitted to the Spencer Foundation and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Included are proposals, grant reports, meeting materials, presentations, correspondence, and other items.

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About 600 items.

Arrangement: Alphabetical by file name, then chronological.

Mostly proposals, meeting materials, grant reports, and presentations related to research supported by the Spencer Foundation. Much of it pertains to the Duke-University of North Carolina Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps project, including faculty seminars held from March 2001 to May 2003.

Folder 26

Annual Report of the Spencer Foundation, April 2001-March 2002 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 26

Folder 27

Correspondence, 1998-2003 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 27

Folder 28

Faculty Development Proposal, 2000-2002 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 28

Folder 29

Grant Reporting, 1998-2000 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 29

Folder 30

Miscellaneous, 1999-2000; 2003 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 30

Folder 31

Multi-Campus Research Group Planning Meeting, 14 September 1999 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 31

Folder 32

Planning Grant Reports, 1999-2000 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 32

Folder 33

Planning Group December Memo, 1999 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 33

Folder 34

Planning Meeting, Chapel Hill, N.C., November 2002 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 34

Folder 35

Planning Meeting, Atlanta, Ga., February 2003 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 35

Folder 36

Responses to Research Proposals, 2000-2001 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 36

Folder 37

Duke-UNC Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps: Education Data Center Proposal, 2000 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 37

Folder 38

Duke-UNC Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps: Faculty Seminar, 21 March 2001 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 38

Folder 39

Duke-UNC Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps: Faculty Seminar, 25 April 2001 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 39

Folder 40

Duke-UNC Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps: Faculty Seminar, 15 May 2001 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 40

Folder 41

Duke-UNC Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps: Faculty Seminar, 23 April 2002 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 41

Folder 42

Duke-UNC Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps: Faculty Seminar, 9 May 2002 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 42

Folder 43

Duke-UNC Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps: Faculty Seminar, 17 September 2002 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 43

Folder 44

Duke-UNC Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps: Faculty Seminar, 22 October 2002 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 44

Folder 45

Duke-UNC Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps: Faculty Seminar, 12 December 2002 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 45

Folder 46

Duke-UNC Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps: Faculty Seminar, 25 March 2002 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 46

Folder 47

Duke-UNC Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps: Foundation Grantees Meeting Information, November 1999 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 47

Folder 48

Duke-UNC Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps: Foundation Meeting Invitations, June 2000 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 48

Folder 49

Duke-UNC Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps: Foundation Meeting, June 2000 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 49

Folder 50

Duke-UNC Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps: General Funding, 1999-2000 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 50

Folder 51

Duke-UNC Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps: Grant Planning Committee Meeting, 15 July 1999 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 51

Folder 52

Duke-UNC Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps: Funded Projects, 2000-2001 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 52

Folder 53

Duke-UNC Research Consortium on Minority Achievement Gaps: Proposals, 2000-2002 #40311, Subseries: "2.1. Spencer Foundation, 1998-2003." Folder 53

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Governor's Education First Task Force, 2001-2003.

About 500 items.

Arrangement: Alphabetical by file name, then chronological.

Materials relatied to the Governor's Education Task Force. Governor Mike Easley charged the task force with examining best practices of high performing schools in order to determine how to close the achievement gap.

Folder 63

Agendas and Meetings, 2001 #40311, Series: "3. Governor's Education First Task Force, 2001-2003." Folder 63

Folder 64

Committee Findings, 2001 #40311, Series: "3. Governor's Education First Task Force, 2001-2003." Folder 64

Folder 65-67

Folder 65

Folder 66

Folder 67

Overview of Task Force #40311, Series: "3. Governor's Education First Task Force, 2001-2003." Folder 65-67

Folder 68

Presentations, 2001 #40311, Series: "3. Governor's Education First Task Force, 2001-2003." Folder 68

Folder 69

School Visits and Reports, 2001 #40311, Series: "3. Governor's Education First Task Force, 2001-2003." Folder 69

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About 500 items.

Arrangement: Alphabetical by file name, then chronological.

Materials relating to Governor Jim Hunt's NC Schools First in America initiative, which aimed to set benchmarks for the state's education progress. Including are correspondence, meeting materials, progress reports, and other items.

Folder 70

Beginnings, 1998-2001 #40311, Series: "4. NC Schools First in America, 1998-2004." Folder 70

Folder 71

Correspondence, 2002 #40311, Series: "4. NC Schools First in America, 1998-2004." Folder 71

Folder 72-74

Folder 72

Folder 73

Folder 74

Distribution Lists #40311, Series: "4. NC Schools First in America, 1998-2004." Folder 72-74

Folder 75

Governor Jim Hunt: Executive Order, State of the State Address, Statements and Education Budget, 1999 #40311, Series: "4. NC Schools First in America, 1998-2004." Folder 75

Folder 76

Meeting Schedules, Members, and Timeline, 1999 #40311, Series: "4. NC Schools First in America, 1998-2004." Folder 76

Folder 77

Meeting: Education Cabinet, 14 December 1998 #40311, Series: "4. NC Schools First in America, 1998-2004." Folder 77

Folder 78

Meeting: Task Force, 26 February 1999 #40311, Series: "4. NC Schools First in America, 1998-2004." Folder 78

Folder 79

Meeting: Task Force, 10 March 1999 #40311, Series: "4. NC Schools First in America, 1998-2004." Folder 79

Folder 80

Meeting: Task Force, 18 March 1999 #40311, Series: "4. NC Schools First in America, 1998-2004." Folder 80

Folder 81

Meeting: Task Force, 9 April 1999 #40311, Series: "4. NC Schools First in America, 1998-2004." Folder 81

Folder 82

Meeting: Task Force, 22 April 1999 #40311, Series: "4. NC Schools First in America, 1998-2004." Folder 82

Folder 83

Meeting: Task Force, 14 May 1999 #40311, Series: "4. NC Schools First in America, 1998-2004." Folder 83

Folder 84

Meeting: Education Cabinet, 18 May 1999 #40311, Series: "4. NC Schools First in America, 1998-2004." Folder 84

Folder 85

Press Clippings, 1999-2000 #40311, Series: "4. NC Schools First in America, 1998-2004." Folder 85

Folder 86

Progress Reports, 2000; 2002-2003 #40311, Series: "4. NC Schools First in America, 1998-2004." Folder 86

Folder 87

Project Report: Survey of Teachers, prepared by the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services, North Carolina State University, 2004 #40311, Series: "4. NC Schools First in America, 1998-2004." Folder 87

Folder 88

Report Cards, 2001-2004 #40311, Series: "4. NC Schools First in America, 1998-2004." Folder 88

Folder 89

Special Reports, 2001, 2003 #40311, Series: "4. NC Schools First in America, 1998-2004." Folder 89

Folder 90

Statistical Report: Survey of the General Population and Parents, conducted by the Applied Research Center, Georgia State University, 2000 #40311, Series: "4. NC Schools First in America, 1998-2004." Folder 90

Folder 91

Statistical Report: Teacher's Survey, conducted by the Applied Research Center, Georgia State University, 2000 #40311, Series: "4. NC Schools First in America, 1998-2004." Folder 91

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Processing Information

Processed by: Armando Suarez, September 2010

Encoded by: Armando Suarez, September 2010

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