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Publications: Research Reports

MDC has been publishing reports based on our research that not only present issues and data through our lens of equity and opportunity, but also are meant to be readable and accessible to a wide readership. The documents featured here represent MDC’s larger body of work, from program evaluations to research reports to guidebooks for building community partnerships. Visit Library World to see a full archive of original MDC publications, as well as other resource materials that help inform our work and direct our research. (Login: MDC LIBRARY. No password needed.)
Community colleges serve a unique purpose in American higher education.
The 2014 edition of State of the South features analysis of state and regional data and calls on the region to develop and implement purposeful policies and systemic practices—an  “infra
From 1982 to 1983, Women in Electronics was a program designed by MDC in partnership with private business to prepare unemployed women with limited prior education and training to enter and advan
When David Dodson made his first trip to Danville, Va., in 1993 to meet with the president of Danville Community College, it was the beginning of a 20-year-and
States and colleges in the Developmental Education Initiative (DEI) completed their grant program last December.
How Community Colleges Can Respond to Economic Crisis: Community colleges are increasingly expected to solve s
The "Made in Durham" report sets out a vision that every yo
ln October 1993, MDC held a working conference to reflect on the South's rural development experience of the past decade.
In the lead up to the 1988 Presidential election, MDC published a nonpartisan election primer to help inform the press and candidates from both parties about the issues facing the rural South.
A background paper prepared as part of MDC's study Greater Expectations: The South's Workforce Is the Sou
A report to the governor of North Carolina on manpower needs of the 1970s. Published January 1971
A national examination of state responses to the problems of at-risk youth. Funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Published September 1988.
A report of the Commission on the Future of North Carolina's Community College System. Funded by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Published February 1989.
A report on the human and economic impact of the literacy crisis facing the South. Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Josephus Daniels Foundation, and the A.J.
A report funded by the Ford Foundation and the Aspen Institute. Published May 1992. 
A report funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National and Region IV (Atlanta) Offices of the Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.
The conceptual framework of the Rural Community College Initiative, a national program to assist community colleges in distressed areas, in partnership with their communities, in building effecti
This work, commissioned by The Duke Endowment, examines life in North Carolina and South Carolina over the past 75 years with an eye toward understanding the challenges of the next century.
A report to the Commission on Workforce Development of the North Carolina Department of Commerce based on an MDC workforce development systems research and analysis project to assess the progress
From 1994 through 2001, 24 economically distressed sites across America tested a new concept in rural development.
The paper provides the conceptual framework for the Program for the Rural Carolinas, a five-year $10.6 million rural development project in North Carolina and South Carolina funded by The Duke En
A report created for the Mississippi State Legislature's Special Task force for the Revitalization of the Delta Region.
Report of the MDC Panel on Rural Economic Development. Funded by the Ford Foundation and R.J. Reynolds Industries. May 1986.