Home State Initiative

About Home State

The Home State Initiative (Home State) 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 Home State, 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.

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

Through Home State, 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.


“The [PACE Climate] survey reinforced strengths and weaknesses within our culture that need to be addressed. It has served as a great reminder in our communication efforts of specific areas of focus. We have an opportunity to increase trust of administration, improve morale, and invest in infrastructure and technology. We are already making great strides in these areas and believe that a re-administration of the survey in two years will bear that out with empirical evidence.”

DR. PAMELA G. SENEGAL, PRESIDENT OF PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE