Councils and Working Groups

Much of the UNC System’s business is accomplished by councils composed of representatives of institutions or other constituencies. Those groups include:

Faculty Assembly

Established in 1972 by UNC System President William Friday, the UNC Faculty Assembly is an advisory body on systemwide issues, serving the President, the UNC System Office, the Board of Governors, the North Carolina General Assembly, and UNC institutional faculty and administrative bodies.

In addition to formulating advice and counsel on issues impacting the UNC System, Faculty Assembly members frequently serve on working groups, policy committees, and personnel committees in partnership with the UNC System Office. The Faculty Assembly also nominates members of the general faculty to support UNC System initiatives.

Wade Maki, UNC Greensboro

Staff Assembly

Established in 2006 under System President Erskine Bowles, the UNC System Staff Assembly is an advisory body of SHRA and EHRA Non Faculty Employees who represent the staff of the UNC System’s 17 constituent institutions.

The Staff Assembly serves in parallel function with the University Faculty Assembly and the Association of Student Governments to address the concerns and interests of individual institutions and the System.

Shayna Hill, UNC-Chapel Hill

Association of Student Governments

Established in 1971, the University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments, also known as “UNC ASG” is a student-led organization committed to advocacy work on behalf of all students within the UNC System. With delegates selected from each of the 17 UNC System institutions, UNC ASG addresses issues like access and affordability, campus safety, and student voter participation. Additionally, the UNC ASG President represents the student voice on the UNC Board of Governors.

Educator Preparation Advisory Group

The Educator Preparation Advisory Group is comprised of education experts across P12 and higher education with the mission to support and accelerate improvement of teacher preparation in North Carolina. Together with the UNC System President and System Office staff, the Educator Preparation Advisory Group is charged with prioritizing and developing Systemwide strategies and initiatives to improve teacher preparation in North Carolina.

Graduate Council

Established in the 1930s and formalized in 1942, the Graduate Council plays a central role in the academic planning and establishment process by reviewing proposed master’s and doctoral degree programs. Members meet a minimum of three times annually to review requests to plan new doctoral degree programs and address graduate education matters. Voting members of the council include deans and directors representing each of the 16 UNC System universities.

Jennifer Gerz-Escandón, UNC System Office

UNC Assessment and Accreditation Council

The UNC Assessment and Accreditation Council (UNC AAC) is dedicated to improving institutional effectiveness through system-wide assessment and accreditation that will foster a culture of excellence at all UNC System institutions. The council includes members from each of the 17 System institutions and recognizes that stakeholders include students, faculty, staff, and administration.

Christine Robinson, Ed.D., UNC Charlotte | (704) 687-5385 

Jodi Pettazzoni, Ph.D., UNC Greensboro | (336) 334-5535 

UNC Faculty and Academic Development Consortium

The UNC Faculty and Academic Development Consortium (UNC-FADC) serves as a conduit for collaboration, common resources, and shared advocacy with the goal of enhancing faculty and educational development in higher education for the state of North Carolina and the UNC System. The UNC-FADC consists of volunteer representatives from each of the UNC System’s 17 institutions who serve as leaders and facilitators of faculty and/or educational development.

Dr. Bart Ganzert, Winston-Salem State University

Vice Chair:
Dr. Audrey Dentith, North Carolina A&T State University

UNC Online Leadership Collaboration

The UNC Online Leadership Collaboration (OLC) is a group made up of distance education and online learning leaders from all 17 UNC System institutions. The OLC offers mutual support, shares ideas and faculty development techniques, and provides continued education and advocacy for online learning offices in the UNC System.

Dr. Jeremiah Shipp, Winston-Salem State University

UNC System Quality Matters Council

The UNC System Quality Matters (QM) Council focuses on providing resources and efficient and affordable ways of conducting QM course reviews. Quality Matters is a faculty peer-led and nationally recognized program aimed at guiding institutions and faculty in implementing and sustaining high-quality online and hybrid courses.

Dr. Enoch Park, UNC Charlotte

Undergraduate Research Council

Established in 2015, the Undergraduate Research Council (URC) supports undergraduate student success through mentored undergraduate research, disciplinary scholarship, creative works, and related activities as a means of promoting student learning across the System. The chair of the URC serves a three-year term and members include directors of offices of undergraduate research at UNC System institutions and affiliated stakeholder organizations.

Rebecca Battista, Appalachian State University

University Council on International Programs

The University Council on International Programs (UCIP) is the primary body charged with overseeing, coordinating, and advocating for the UNC System’s global affairs divisions and their activities including international students’ affairs, institutional exchange programs, global partnerships, and study abroad programs among others. The council is composed of the senior international officers and their designees from each of the 17 constituent institutions. UNC System Office staff serve as ex-officio members.

Joël A. Gallegos, UNC Charlotte

University Library Advisory Council

The University Library Advisory Council (ULAC) is composed of the directors of the 17 UNC System institutions’ libraries and a representative from UNC System Office. The council meets monthly and operate multiple subcommittees, including open educational resources initiatives.

Sarah Falls, UNC School of the Arts