Social well-being

From health to housing to education, the institute offers articles and research on a variety of issues affecting social well-being in the 14-county Charlotte region.
 

Articles about social well-being topics

  • School busing: Budget cuts change services

    Rising fuel prices add pressure to public school transportation operations that have already seen years of tight budgets. With each cost-cutting comes some change in service. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Iredell-Statesville are two examples of districts that have significantly changed operations. Is there an objective way to measure the effect? Data just released for all N.C. public school transportation systems allows comparison across the state.
  • The ISC programs' work is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families.  Photo: Nancy Pierce

    UNC Charlotte’s Institute for Social Capital and Urban Institute to merge

    Two of UNC Charlotte’s most visible institutes are merging to create a combined center with unparalleled research capacity to address social issues in the Charlotte region. On March 8, the Institute for Social Capital (ISC) board of directors and UNC Charlotte agreed to merge the ISC staff and operations into the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, the university’s oldest applied research center.
  • CMS public elementary school classroom.

    CMS: Mapping measures of progress and pain

    Data on schools and school districts are abundant.  Both the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s websites hold a wealth of data at both levels.  But with a district as large as CMS, it is painstaking work to analyze school-level data in a meaningful way.  In June 2011, the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute developed a set of interactive maps in partnership with MeckEd to make this rich data more approachable.  These maps have now been updated with the most recent figures available, the 2010-11 school year.
  • Father Greg Boyle, founder and CEO of Homeboy Industries

    Jobs not jails: Helping youth turn their lives around

    Children without hope can be found in every community.  Father Greg Boyle has been working on this issue for decades through Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles.   He spoke in Charlotte this week about Homeboy, which is recognized as the largest gang intervention program in the country.  Homeboy Industries' slogan is, “nothing stops a bullet like a job.”