Home State Initiative


Over many decades, community colleges have played an increasingly important role in providing a vital higher education access point for students from diverse backgrounds.  Housed in the College of Education at North Carolina State University (NC State), the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness (NILIE) supports the critical work of community colleges across the United States through research, information sharing, and consulting services that seek to enhance institutional effectiveness and student success.  NILIE works with Envisioning Excellence for Community College Leadership to expand and enhance NC State’s historic relationship with NC community colleges.

The Home State Initiative (HSIn) is an innovative, collaborative program that bridges NILIE’s mission to support community colleges with NC State’s land grant mission to serve the state of North Carolina. Through HSIn, NILIE provides free data collection, analysis, and reporting services to a select set of community colleges in rural areas of North Carolina facing declining enrollment, unsatisfactory student outcomes, and/or challenges with employee recruitment and retention, among other issues.

Utilizing the PACE Climate Survey for Community Colleges (PACE Survey), NILIE assesses employee perspectives regarding four main campus climate factors (Institutional Structure, Supervisory Relationships, Teamwork, and Student Focus) for the purpose of supporting institutional leadership to better understand and appropriately adapt campus culture. Institutions will have the critical opportunity to identify specific areas for growth and to make important data-based decisions.

Through HSIn, NILIE strives to provide high quality data to North Carolina community colleges aligned with the previously mentioned characteristics that demonstrate a strong desire and commitment to effecting positive change on their campuses.

For more information about partnering with NILIE in the Home State Initiative, please contact hsuzuki2@ncsu.edu.

NILIE team members presenting with Dr. Senegal, President of Piedmont Community College, on the uses of the PACE Survey at PCC. North Carolina Community College System Conference, October 2018