State of the University 2018

Our State of the University Tour has crisscrossed the state from Charlotte to Wilmington, from Fayetteville and Pembroke to the Triad. Now I’m heading to Western NC to talk about our goals and the good work our 17 institutions do every single day.

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Greetings from the University of North Carolina System,

Mobility, Accountability, and the Public Good

“Pleased but not satisfied” has been my refrain for the past few weeks as we’ve kicked off the 2018 State of the University Tour. It’s how I describe our outlook: we are a strong, thriving System with a hunger for seizing the opportunities ahead.

Here’s look at some of the articles and arguments on my desk as I look forward to my third year as UNC System President.

I’m excited to share some of the conversations from last week’s MyFutureNC meeting, held in Winston-Salem. Representatives from the commission took the opportunity to dive deep into the many barriers students and families face as they try to navigate our educational system. We wanted to know what those obstacles were, where they existed, and what prevented students from succeeding. This discussion was long overdue. We encouraged debate. We challenged one another’s perspectives. And, throughout the day, we engaged in robust discussion on the real challenges ahead.

It’s been a busy month and a busy year in higher education across our state and nation. As we move into the holiday break, here’s what’s on my mind at the UNC System.

Tax Reform

Tax reform is now a reality. I applaud the work in Congress to advance a pro-growth agenda, with a more competitive corporate tax rate and a simpler tax code for individuals through a higher standard deduction.


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