Feature Stories

  • As an undergraduate student, Greg Lester was falling behind at the University of Kentucky (UK) in the 1990s.

    Dr. Greg Lester ’98 M.A., executive director of academic advising and student success at Appalachian State University, said intervention by UK’s academic advisors turned him around and helped get him where he is today.


    Virtual Reality Improves College Access

    The university campus tour is a generations-old rite of passage for eager—and nervous—high school students who have their sights set on the horizon as they prepare to leave the nest.

  • What will the class portrait of North Carolina’s next generation of education and civic leaders look like?

    If we’re lucky, something resembling 2018’s group of Marian Drane Graham scholars.

    For six weeks this summer, six resourceful and charismatic students from the UNC System have been embedded across different state agencies, where they’ve helped research solutions for some of the challenges facing North Carolina’s education systems. On June 29th, these budding leaders convened to report on what they’ve learned.

  • If you think of the stereotype of a strategic plan, it’s a lot of splash and not much substance. After a big launch, it’s rare to hear much of it ever again.

    But at the UNC System, that’s anything but the case. More than a year and a half after the UNC Board of Governors unanimously approved the new strategic plan, Higher Expectations, its impact on the operations and planning of the System’s 17 institutions is only growing.  

  • From increasing economic mobility, to ensuring accountability, to advancing the public good, the UNC System is hard at work fulfilling its historic mission to this state. That was the message President Margaret Spellings delivered over the course of the spring as the State of the University Tour crossed the state.

    “North Carolina has built, without question, one of the finest university systems in the nation,” said President Spellings. “And it’s getting better every day.”

  • On July 22, 2018, UNC System President Emeritus C.D. Spangler, Jr. passed away at age 86. On the U.S. Senate Floor, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) delivered a stirring tribute in his honor.


    Designed, engineered, sculpted and fabricated in UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio, Mel Chin’s Wake sculptural installation was officially unveiled in New York City’s Times Square at a public and media event on July 11, 2018.

  • NCCU's Dr. Lopez and Dr. Melendez in their lab at BRITE.


  • Lizzy Mueller, a nutrition and dietetics major, experiments for the first time with pasta dough made from corn flour and potato starch.


  • UNCP's Holden Hansen wins UNC Award for Teaching Excellence

    Elisha Lawson is making his mark in television, landing roles in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and CBS’s Blue Bloods. He recently filmed a recurring role in NBC’s Shades of Blue starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta.

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