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Gaining insights on education from demographic data

Demographers want to learn more about the people who live in a given area. Their interests include statistics one would expect like age, race, and gender, but they also include more nuanced information like their philosophies and perspectives. Where did they come from? Where might they go next?

Rebecca Tippett can answer those questions. As director of Carolina Demography at the Carolina Population Center, she looks at a lot of data, and she says the hard work begins with trying to make sense of how it all intersects. Tippett has studied education in North Carolina and has presented research on the postsecondary attainment gap.

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Robert Kinlaw

Robert was director of multimedia for EducationNC. He is a journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker in the Triangle. Robert attended both public and private grade schools in North Carolina and graduated from the Media and Journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has produced video content for The News & Observer, ABC11-WTVD, UNC-Chapel Hill, The News Reporter and more. His short documentary Princess Warrior received an Excellence in Filmmaking award at the 2017 Carrboro Film Festival. Visit his website at