The summary below highlights selected actions taken by the UNC Board of Governors during its January meeting.
For a full account of board proceedings and meeting materials, please check the board meeting archive.
Campus Security Fee for Students
In August 2014, UNC President Tom Ross launched an initiative to study security and student safety at the University’s 17 constituent institutions. The result was a report that included high-priority recommendations for new initiatives, staffing and security measures for UNC campuses. The Board’s Committee on Budget and Finance discussed a proposed Campus Security Fee to provide a portion of funding needed to implement the report’s core recommendations, which include compensating campus police officers consistent with market rates. The board tabled the item to allow staff to refine options and plans to revisit the fee proposal at its February meeting.
Learn more about the Campus Security Fee.
Tuition and Fees
A presentation of proposed 2015-2017 tuition and fee rates was given for discussion only by the board’s Committee on Budget and Finance. The committee plans to meet again in two weeks for additional discussion. The full board will act on tuition and fees at its February meeting.
View the presentation on tuition and fees.
New Degree Programs
The Board approved Appalachian State University’s request to establish a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree program.
View details about ASU’s new degree program.
The board received a quarterly dashboard report on current progress toward goals laid out in the Our Time, Our Future, the University’s five-year strategic plan. In addition, an Our Time, Our Future interim report was shared with the board. This report provides in-depth information about strategies, actions and campus accomplishments that have occurred at the plan’s two-year milestone.
View the Strategic Directions dashboard report.
View the full Our Time, Our Future interim report.
The board received a report of Alumni Survey results, a comprehensive assessment of the quality, benefits and impact of a UNC education. Overall, UNC alumni reported being satisfied with both the quality of their education and the university they attended. UNC alumni largely felt that their education enhanced their career prospects and prepared them well for life outside of college. The report, directed by the goals of Our Time, Our Future, gathered feed back from alumni and businesses in order to help students better understand the connection between their degree and the workplace/economy.
View the UNC 2014 Alumni Survey.
UNC Intercollegiate Athletics Report
The board received information regarding the academic profile of freshman student athletes, majors of student athletes, various academic success indicators, campuses with programs receiving awards or sanctions due to their academic performance, information regarding non-academic violations of NCAA bylaws, and implementation of new academic and financial regulations. Overall, UNC student athletes are performing well academically, based on 2013-3014 NCAA and UNC academic metrics.
Read the UNC Intercollegiate Athletics Report.
Fall Enrollment Report
The board received information regarding annual enrollment data for UNC’s constituent institutions. Overall headcount enrollment increased slightly over the prior year, total minority enrollment and transfer student enrollment increased, and 86% of the first-time, full-time students enrolling in fall 2014 were North Carolina residents. For the first time, the report includes data on online learning.
View the Fall Enrollment Report.