Blog | Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity

Impressions of the Food Bank at Crisis Assistance Ministries

John Gibson, a research assistant at the Poverty Center, describes what left the greatest impression on him during our recent trip to Crisis Assistance Ministries in Charlotte, NC.


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Posted by John T. Gibson on Wed. July 9, 2014 4:12 PM
Categories: Community Focus: Charlotte

A Slide with No Ladder - Opportunity in Charlotte

Rory Fleming, a Research Assistant with the Poverty Center, reflects on our most recent visit to Charlotte. The subject matter of Rory's piece includes a Harvard study that placed Charlotete 50th out of 50 cities studied in terms of economic mobility, but the writing features a chance encounter with a dilapidated playground - featuring a slide without a ladder - that struck him in a profound way.


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Posted by Rory J. Fleming on Wed. July 9, 2014 3:05 PM
Categories: Community Focus: Charlotte, Student Research

Education or Exploitation: Is For-profit Education an Investment or a Scam? Part 2

In the face of complaints about for-profit colleges, the Department of Education is proposing to strengthen the Gainful Employment Rule. The new rule will allow prospective students to evaluate and compare schools before enrolling and incurring student loan debt.


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Posted by Bianca A. Kegler on Wed. July 9, 2014 12:54 PM
Categories: Student Research

Education or Exploitation: Is For-profit Education an Investment or a Scam? Part 1

With a competitive job market and societal pressure to obtain a postsecondary degree, millions of Americans seek to obtain higher education. Some attend non-profit colleges and universities, while growing numbers enroll in programs administered by for-profits. For-profit colleges differ because they are managed and governed by private corporations and are established to make money.

However, the growing concern is whether students at for-profit colleges are receiving a quality education. Issues of low graduation rates, employability, and excessive debt have led to state and federal action.


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Posted by Bianca A. Kegler on Wed. July 9, 2014 12:27 PM
Categories: Student Research

USPS as Alternative to Payday Lenders?

The Office of the Inspector General of the USPS released a white page report in January detailing a plan to offer new non-bank financial products and services in post office branches across the country. The report states that, among other reasons, offering these products and services in post office branches will provide affordable access for many Americans whose only other alternatives are expensive payday lenders and check-cashing services. These underserved Americans commonly live in zip codes where banks have closed branches, often because such branches are unprofitable.


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Posted by Patrick T. VanderJeugdt on Mon. June 30, 2014 3:53 PM
Categories: Student Research

Meet the Interns - John Gibson, Research Assistant

John Gibson

Meet John Gibson, who will be helping out with our research in Salisbury and Charlotte this summer!


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Posted by Joseph Arthur Polich on Mon. June 23, 2014 1:59 PM
Categories: Meet the Interns

Meet the Interns - Xuan Li, Summer Extern

Xuan Li

Meet our Summer Extern, Xuan Li, who will be coordinating our research on child food insecurity this summer!


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Posted by Joseph Arthur Polich on Fri. June 13, 2014 9:58 AM
Categories: Meet the Interns

Meet the Interns - Rory Fleming, Research Assistant

Rory Fleming

Meet Rory Fleming, who will be heading up or research on poverty issues in Charlotte, NC this summer!


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Posted by Joseph Arthur Polich on Wed. June 11, 2014 3:50 PM
Categories: Meet the Interns

Meet the Interns - Caroline Barrineau, Reseach Assistant

Caroline Barrineau

Meet the first of our dynamic group of interns we at the Poverty Center are lucky to have with us this summer - Caroline Barrineau! She will be helping us expand our child poverty expertise and materials this summer.


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Posted by Joseph Arthur Polich on Fri. May 30, 2014 2:28 PM
Categories: Meet the Interns, Student Research

Low-Wage Job Gains in North Carolina

A closer look at the 100k jobs created in North Carolina since January 2009.


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Posted by Joseph Arthur Polich on Wed. April 30, 2014 5:33 PM
Categories: News
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