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How educated is North Carolina?

What is postsecondary attainment, and why is it important? What is the current landscape of postsecondary attainment in NC? What is our state’s goal for postsecondary attainment? EdNC explains with the help of Rebecca Tippett, director of Carolina Demography and coauthor of North Carolina’s Leaky Educational Pipeline & Pathways to 60% Postsecondary Attainment. 

Editor’s note: EdNC has partnered with Carolina Demography and the Belk Endowment to highlight key concepts from the newly released report, “North Carolina’s Leaky Educational Pipeline & Pathways to 60% Postsecondary Attainment.” To read the full report and view the data, visit The Belk Endowment supports the work of EdNC.

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