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June 2014 Board Meeting Highlights

June 20, 2014

This summary highlights selected actions taken by the UNC Board of Governors during its June 20 meeting.

The full meeting agenda and materials considered in open session by all board committees are posted online.  For a full account of previous board proceedings, please check the board meeting archive for meeting minutes.

Ken Wainstein Gives Briefing of UNC Athletics Probe

Ken Wainstein, a former federal prosecutor hired to investigate academic irregularities involving athletes at UNC-Chapel Hill, spoke with Board members during the June meeting. Wainstein gave a high-level update on the status of the investigation. He hopes to complete his investigation and present a report to the board in the fall.
Transcript of Wainstein's remarks at the Board of Governors meeting.
Wainstein Issues Statement Regarding Ongoing Independent Investigation into Irregular Courses.

Officer Elections

The board elected new officers who will serve two-year terms beginning July 1. John Fennebresque, a partner and vice chairman of the McGuireWoods law firm, will serve as the next chair of the UNC Board of Governors.   Asheville attorney Louis Bissette was elected to serve as vice chair, and Kinston pediatrician Joan Templeton Perry was elected board secretary.
Learn more about the board’s officers.

Honoring Kyle White, Recipient of the Medal of Honor

In May, President Obama awarded Kyle J. White, of Charlotte, the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions during combat operations in Afghanistan. White is the seventh living veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the nation’s highest military honor.

The Board of Governors presented White with a resolution honoring his service and bravery as well as his accomplishments following his separation from the military. White earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he majored in finance. He currently resides in Charlotte, where he works as an investment analyst.
Learn more about Kyle White.
Watch Kyle White on UNC-TV's North Carolina Now.

Research and Sponsored Programs

The board accepted the President’s Report on Research and Sponsored Programs, which highlights program activities and awards, proposal submissions, sponsors, and commercial activity for 2013.  The report identifies challenges that may have impacted the University’s research and sponsored programs in 2013, but illustrates the system’s steady competitiveness for external funding.
View the President’s Report on Research and Sponsored Programs.

UNC Efficiency and Effectiveness Metrics

The Program Evaluation Division of the NC General Assembly recommended that the Board of Governors adopt an efficiency policy and metrics. At the April meeting, the BOG gave tentative approval to the proposed Policy on Efficiency and Effectiveness 1300.6. During the June meeting additional amendments were suggested. The policy will be presented to the full board for approval at the August meeting. The board approved a set of ten academic and operational metrics, along with the establishment of a workgroup to review the measures and suggest additional changes if necessary.
View the efficiency and effectiveness metrics.

Faculty Teaching Workload

By Board of Governors policy, all UNC institutions must collect and report data on faculty teaching workloads. Using common methodology, UNC campuses will be able to benchmark performance in relation to other campuses within their Carnegie Classification. The 2013 report verifies, among other things, that all UNC campuses exceeded the Board of Governor’s minimum teaching loads by section for fall 2013,  that UNC system faculty teach more class sections than their Carnegie peers, and at the credit hour level, the high research and baccalaureate sectors are above their Carnegie peers. The board accepted the full report.
View the report on faculty teaching workload.

Weighted High School GPA Calculation

A working group comprised of UNC, NC Community College System and Department of Public Instruction representatives were asked to review current methods for creating weighted GPAs and recommend revisions as appropriate. In order to minimize grade inflation, achieve equal weighting for all college-level courses, and reduce the disincentive for students to take high school courses in areas that do not have honors or AP options, the Board approved the following recommendations:

  • AP, IB, and other college courses, including dual enrollment and North Carolina community college transfer courses from the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement – 5 points
  • Honors course – 4.5 points
  • Standard course – 4.0

The recommendations will be forwarded to the State Board of Education for review and action.
Learn more about weighted high school GPA calculation.

New Degree Programs

The board approved the establishment of the following degree programs:

  • North Carolina A&T State University: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Information Technology degree program

Learn more about new degree programs.

At the request of affected campuses, the Board also approved the discontinuation of several degree programs:

Appalachian State University

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology/Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
  • Bachelor of Science  (B.S.) in Mathematics, Secondary Education
  • Bachelor of Science  (B.S.) in Art Management
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Gerontology
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Child Development: Birth through Kindergarten
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in History, Education
  • Master of Music (M.M.) in Music Education
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice and Criminology

UNC Pembroke

  • M.A. in Music Education

Policy Discussions

In conjunction with each regular meeting, the Board holds one or more policy discussions on issues of significance to the work of the board.  These sessions are for information only and no action is taken. June’s sessions focused on “Our Time, Our Future,” the University’s five-year strategic plan. UNC President Tom Ross gave an overview of the plan itself, including what has been accomplished since its implementation, and plans moving forward. Included was a complimentary presentation on challenges and opportunities in learning technology.
Strategic Directions Presentation
Strategic Directions Quarterly Implementation Report