This summary highlights selected actions taken by the UNC Board of Governors during its April 11 meeting.
The full meeting agenda and materials considered in open session by all Board committees are posted online. For a full account of previous Board proceedings, please check the board meeting archive for meeting minutes.
Tuition Bill Transparency
To make information regarding tuition and fees more transparent to students, parents and the public, the Board approved a more detailed, uniform tuition statement for use by all UNC campuses. The new statement will provide a graphic display illustrating current tuition rates, current fees charged and a breakdown of the uses of tuition receipts. The redesigned statements will be sent to parents and students beginning with the 2014-15 billing cycle.
View a sample of the new Tuition Bill
UNC Efficiency Policy
The Board reviewed a proposed policy on efficiency and effectiveness in response to requirements set forth by the Program Evaluation Division of the NC General Assembly’s 2013 report of operational efficiencies in the UNC system. The policy will come back before the Board in June for final approval.
View the proposed efficiency policy
New Degree Programs
The Board approved the establishment of the following degree programs:
- East Carolina University: Master of Science (M.S.) in Biomedical Engineering
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Master of Professional Science (M.P.S.) in Toxicology
- Fayetteville State University: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Healthcare Administration
At the request of affected campuses, the Board also approved the discontinuation of several degree programs:
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in German at Western Carolina University
- Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Mathematics at Western Carolina University
- Master of Music (M.M.) at Western Carolina University
- Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Western Carolina University
- Master of Physical Therapy (M.P.T.) at Western Carolina University
- Master’s (M), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Immunology at North Carolina State University
- Master’s, Master of Science, and Ph.D. in Immunology at North Carolina State University
NC A&T Nursing Program
The Board approved a motion that new admissions to North Carolina A&T State University’s B.S. nursing program be suspended after 2014 and that a panel be convened within 60 days to review possible program elimination. Board of Governors policy sets the expectation that at least 85% of students taking the national nursing licensure exam will pass on their first attempt. In 2012, A&T’s nursing program received a waiver from Board policy that would have required the initiation of program termination procedures because the nursing program had posted first-time passing rates of less than 75% for two consecutive years. This waiver was granted under the condition that A&T’s 2013 test-takers would meet the Board of Governors licensure passing rate standards of 85%. A&T’s 2013 pass rate was 81%--markedly improved but still below the established threshold.
Review the Nursing Enrollment, Degrees Conferred report
In conjunction with each regular meeting, the Board holds one or more policy discussions on issues of significance to the work of the board. These sessions are for information only and no action is taken. April sessions focused on need-based financial aid and the ongoing work of the General Education Council, a system-wide panel addressing measurement and assessment of core competencies and student learning.
Athletics Financial Transparency
In other matters, UNC President Tom Ross shared the final report of the Athletics Financial Transparency Working Group, chaired by UNC Charlotte Chancellor Phil Dubois, which was tasked with reviewing UNC polices and governance practices associated with the financial monitoring and oversight of intercollegiate athletics programs.. The report identifies certain financial information that should be regularly received, reviewed and/or reported to chancellors, Boards of Trustees, the Board of Governors and the University president. President Ross announced that he plans to implement all working group recommendations as quickly as feasible.
View the Athletic Financial Transparency Report