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Founded in 1966 in response to the demands of urbanization, the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services (CUACS) has become a vital part of the extension and public service program of NC State University. Conducting research to improve the lives of North Carolina citizens, CUACS serves the state of North Carolina, its municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and other colleges and universities. In addition to applied research and program evaluation needs, CUACS also provides technical assistance and related support for many public sector agencies and programs.

Impacts and Achievements

CUACS works extensively with the NCDPI statewide testing and accountability program to:

  1. implement new and revised tests based on revised statewide curriculum

  2. implement alternate assessments for students who are exempted from regular testing continued this year.

Improved technology allows for better communication between remote sites since 115 school systems are served by CUACS. Significant progress has been made in developing on-line testing for all high schools.

Center for Urban Affairs Partners with DPI and Others to Conduct the First MAKING TRACKS Video Competition to Help Keep School Children Safe

On Monday, October 15, State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson recognized the efforts of NC State's Center for Urban Affairs, who partnered with the Department of Public Instruction and others to conduct the first MAKING TRACKS video competition to raise awareness among students and parents about pedestrian safety.

Students were challenged to focus on the important rules of pedestrian and school bus safety. Entries were received from all over the state. The 1st place team also received a $250 gift certificate and all top entries received Making Tracks t-shirts. Winning videos were shown at the School Bus Safety exhibit at the 2012 State Fair.

For more information about the contest and to view the videos, please go to

What People Are Saying

"Working with the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services (CUACS) has been a fantastic experience. I received wonderful service and tireless attention to my many questions throughout and after the project. The CUACS team did a great job of administering the survey and presenting its findings, too. I'll definitely return to them for any future surveys!"

- Chrystal Bartlett, Marketing Director, NC Cooperative Extension

"CUACS has been an outstanding partner in the development, implementation, and evaluation of our NC-TOPPS consumer outcomes project. Staff has consistently displayed a high level of commitment, teamwork, and energy in our work together through which we have attempted to craft a flexible and responsive initiative for our stakeholders."

- Spencer Clark, Assistant Chief, Community Policy Management Team, Division of MH/DD/SAS

"NDRI (National Development Research Institute) has had the pleasure to work with CUACS for over 8 years on the development and implementation of a user-friendly online outcome tool. Products are developed timely and maintained efficiently. Staff input is insightful and beneficial. Users are immensely complimentary of their customer support. We hope to continue our collaborative relationship into the future."

- Marge Cawley, Ph.D., Project Director, National Development Research Institute

"CUACS provides outstanding technical support and valuable research services. We could not accomplish many of our program goals without them!"

- Mildred Bazemore, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Raleigh, NC

Additional testimonials can be accessed through the links below:

Customized Contractual Education | McKimmon Conference & Training Center | Office of Professional Development | Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | Technology Training Solutions | The Collaborative at the Gateway Technology Center | Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council