Mission & Principles

What do those “C’s” stand for?

Cooperating Raleigh Colleges is a nonprofit consortium promoting cooperating and collaboration among higher education institutions in Raleigh and Wake County. Its members are Meredith College, NC State University, William Peace University, Saint Augustine’s University, Shaw University and Wake Technical Community College.

What does cooperating mean to us?

It means bringing together students, faculty and staff from the six campuses.  And it means connecting our colleges and universities to the community. We believe working together fosters creativity and problem-solving and saves valuable time and resources. It means students can take courses at other Raleigh colleges and share library and other resources. It means leaders with common interests (academic affairs, registration, student affairs, international programs, etc.) meet regularly to learn from each other and solve problems. It means Raleigh area residents have access to educational television, can find out about opportunities for them through living in this college-rich community and that government officials and college officials work on common goals. And it means we are always looking for ways to contribute to our community and cooperate with community entities from city and county government, law enforcement, cultural institutions and nonprofits and businesses.

Message from the CRC Director

Dear CRC Colleagues and Members
of the Raleigh Community:

Soon after Cooperating Raleigh Colleges passed a milestone in its history—In 2008-09 celebrating its 40 years — I was struck with the following: Raleigh and Wake County are strongly and positively impacted by the rich blend of resources provided by our institutions of higher education. In smaller “college towns” such influences are sometimes more obvious. Here sometimes the impact is less obvious because we also share this community with state government, the Research Triangle Park and our valued neighbors in Durham and Orange County.

A Special Kind of College Town

But Raleigh is indeed a college town in the best sense of that phrase. We have a constant influx of eager young adults from all sizes of communities throughout North Carolina, from urban areas in the Northeast and beyond and from other countries and cultures. We attract people to teach and work in our institutions in positions as varied as cafeteria workers, groundskeepers, financial aid advisers, nurses, accountants, extension agents, researchers and professors. They bring their families and friends. They stay and demand the best in entertainment, culture, resources and all kinds of support and stimulation. It shows. See the separate web section on the economic impact study we commissioned. And see our listings for ways community members can keep on learning, enjoy speakers, arts, sports and entertainment on our campuses.

Historically Significant Institutions

CRC has an especially important combination of institutions — ones with historic as well as current significance. We have two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), one woman’s college, a woman’s college that recently went coed, the largest state university in North Carolina, a land-grant, comprehensive research institution and the community college with the largest budget in the state. Since their beginnings in the 1800s, these institutions have been creating an educated citizenry for this area and well beyond. We have four colleges that were educating those without access to higher education for so many years — the women and African-Americans of this area and nation. We have a strong land-grant and research institution that has always defined education as outreach to the community as much as to traditional students. Farmers, homemakers, at-risk children and families and retirees have always been as important to NC State as its 18 to 22 year olds.

If you’re already a part of one of the campuses, first of all realize you are really a part of all of our institutions. And please let us know how you’d like to take part in CRC collaborations. If you’re a community member, please use CRC to help you find more ways to take advantage of what these colleges and universities have to offer. CRC is proud to encourage collaborations among the students, faculty, staff, administrators and community groups — all in the service of this wonderful, college-enhanced area we share.

— Jenny Spiker Director
    Cooperating Raleigh Colleges

Guiding Principles

CRC emphasizes activities that:

  • Build on the strengths and opportunities derived from sharing the same community
  • Build on the uniqueness and power of our particular combination of institutions
  • Communicate the combined value of the member institutions to the community and positively connect the campuses and the community
  • Stimulate problem-solving for shared challenges on and off the campuses
  • Function as a clearinghouse for information and resource sharing and a convening for shared interests
  • Work on behalf of students, faculty or staff members in two or more institutions with an emphasis on projects with specific goals and outcomes

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