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Economic Impact Analysis Study

North Carolina’s institutions of higher education deliver a solid return on investment for their students and the state, according to the first-ever statewide analysis of higher education’s impact on the state's economy conducted in 2015.

Benefits generated by NC colleges and universities reach students, society and taxpayers, creating jobs, and driving innovation and entrepreneurship.

In 2015, the University of North Carolina System, the North Carolina Community College System, and North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities commissioned a report to measure the value and impact of North Carolina’s 100 higher education institutions. The report presents an over-arching analysis, as well as a detailed study of each sector’s value locally, regionally and statewide.

Download the full reports, summaries, and fact sheets to learn more.


All of North Carolina’s Higher Education Institutions are working more collaboratively than ever to leverage their collective expertise and scarce resources for the benefit of the people of the state.

NC’s Higher Education Institutions created

The University’s value, measured in jobs, spending and other economic indicators shows an active and effective University system positively impacting people and communities all across North Carolina.

The University of North Carolina System created

NC Higher Education Institutions

NCHE Institutions Full Report
Demonstrating the collective value of NC Higher Education.

NCHE Executive Summary
High-level details from the full report.

NCHE Fact Sheet
Significant data and charts from the full report.

UNC System

UNC System Full Report
Demonstrating the collective value of the UNC System.

UNC Executive Summary
High-level details from the full

UNC Fact Sheet
Significant data and charts from the full report.

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