Feature Stories

  • Being the Change

    New UNC ASG President wants to extend dialogue between students, Board of Governors

    “Listen to students. Learn from students. Advocate for students.”

    Tyler Hardin’s platform while running for president of the University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments was pretty straightforward. Hardin, a rising senior at Appalachian State University, wants to be the conduit between the Board of Governors and the more than 220,000 students they serve in the UNC system.

  • Head of the class

    Cumberland International Early College student graduates Fayetteville State at 18

    Mikayla Raines was one of hundreds of Fayetteville State University students to walk across the stage at the sesquicentennial commencement to accept their degree. Raines, however, is not your typical college graduate.

  • Power of the mind

    UNC Pembroke’s Bahr honored with Gardner award for work in neurological research

    “When you see him interacting with his students you realize this man’s heart, is really the heart of an educator,” UNC Pembroke Chancellor Robin Cummings said. “He’s a researcher, he’s a scientist, he’s a faculty member but at his very heart, it’s about the student. And I admire that about him.”


  • What’s Your Major?

    Evolution of UNC Academic Programs

    Experts across the UNC system explain the development of academic programs — the majors, minors, curriculum choices and class offerings that make up the core of the University. How are decisions made, and what factors influence college programs? How do they change over time, responding to shifts in demand and progress in the field?

    Learn more about the evolution of academics across the University of North Carolina.


    Q: Do academic programs in the UNC system have a life cycle?

  • Excellence in Teaching

    For Heidi Kelley, teaching isn’t just imparting information to students. Instead, she helps students “discover their knowledge for themselves.”

    “I challenge my students to dig deep into both their own experience and our class texts to unlock the meanings of human experience—theirs and those of others,” Kelley said. “Thus my teaching tactic is to gently steer my students to realize their own understanding of the material.

    “I feel that the more hard-won the insights are, the more my students treasure this understanding.”

  • Artistic direction

    Turning STEM into STEAM at UNCSA by merging technology with the arts

    Lindsay Bierman wants to make sure his students are on the cutting edge of science and technology.

    At first, that might seem like an odd aspiration for the chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, whose students study everything from dance to costume design.

  • A Teachers’ Teacher

    Appalachian professor Tracy Wilson Smith receives UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching

    Teachers matter to Dr. Tracy Wilson Smith, professor in the Reich College of Education (RCOE) at Appalachian State University. Over the course of her more than 20 years as an educator, she has trained hundreds of classroom teachers.

  • The smart solution

    UNC campuses help rural NC areas become ‘smart and connected communities’

    Arcot Rajasekar knows there’s a technology gap between North Carolina’s urban and rural communities.

  • Steady Eyes

    Putting research aims at insights to brain-eye connection

    If you’ve ever been to a golf course while a lesson was going on, you’ve probably heard this exchange:

    Golf pro: Keep your eye on the ball.

    Golfer: Why? The ball’s not going anywhere.

    Now, researchers at East Carolina University are putting numbers to that instruction of keeping your eye on the ball – a steady eye.

  • Approaching the finish line

    UNC initiative aims to help former students earn their undergraduate degrees

    It was a bittersweet moment when Isaac Smith attended his 50th anniversary reunion at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University last year.