October 2014 Board Meeting Highlights

The summary below highlights selected actions taken by the UNC Board of Governors during its October meetings.

For a full account of board proceedings and meeting materials, please check the board meeting archive.

Wainstein Report into Academic Irregularities at UNC-Chapel Hill

Following a special joint meeting of the UNC Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees on Wednesday, October 22, UNC-Chapel Hill announced the results of an independent investigation conducted by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein into past academic irregularities at Carolina.

A full copy of Mr. Wainstein’s report, exhibits and supplementary documents; video of the October 22 news conference, including remarks by Mr. Wainstein, UNC President Tom Ross, and UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt; and a summary of related university actions and initiatives are available on the UNC-Chapel Hill website.
View UNC-CH’s materials and Wainstein’s full report.

James E. Holshouser Award for Excellence in Public Service

The Board of Governors awarded Appalachian State University professor and child clinical psychologist Kurt D. Michael, who has spent his career working to improve mental health services for young people in rural areas, the 2014 James E. Holshouser, Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service.
Learn more about Dr. Kurt Michael.

Financial Aid and Tuition Working Group

The Board accepted the final report of its Financial Aid and Tuition Working Group. Over several months, this group, which included several UNC chancellors, considered how to strike a balance between slowing tuition increases and giving campuses sufficient flexibility to meet students’ financial need. The group completed its work at the September meeting and recommended three items be referred to standing committees of the board for further discussion.
View the Financial Aid Working Group’s Final Report.

Operation and Capital Budget Priorities

The Board of Governors is responsible for developing, preparing and presenting to the Governor and the General Assembly a single, unified recommended budget for the University’s 17 constituent institutions. The Office of State Budget and Management is requiring all agencies to submit operating recommendations equating to a net reduction of 2 percent by October 31 for the 2015-17 biennial budget, but has permitted UNC to submit final recommendations in December due to the Board of Governors’ meeting schedule. Proposed reductions and operation and capital budget priorities were presented to the committee for review. The committee will review these proposals in depth and make final recommendations at the December board meeting.
View materials on operation and capital budget priorities.

Border Tuition

The Committee on Budget and Finance discussed “Border Tuition,” a proposed policy change that would allow discounted tuition rates for non-resident undergraduate students living near the state border and near a UNC institution. Discussed briefly at the June 2013 board meeting, a discounted non-resident border tuition policy could have significant impact on enrollment at institutions near the border.  The committee discussed options for which institutions to include, how far into border states  residents should live to be considered, and at what price point reduced rates should be set. The committee plans to refine and present a proposal for consideration at the December meeting.
View the Border Tuition Discussion presentation.

Minimum Admissions Requirements (MAR) Pilot Program

The Board of Governors approved a Minimum Admissions Requirements (MAR) pilot program at three UNC campuses: Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University and North Carolina Central University. The pilot program will allow these three institutions to admit a limited number of in-state students who have High School Grade Point Averages (HSGPA) above the current UNC Minimum Admissions Requirements, but who do not quite meet the current SAT/ACT thresholds. The three-year program will provide an opportunity to test what national research and UNC predictive analytics suggest about the positive correlation between HSGPA and student success.
Learn more about the MAR Pilot Program

UNC Health Care System Annual Report on Flexibility

UNC Health Care shared its annual report with the board’s Committee on Educational Planning, Policies and Programs.  The NC General Assembly has granted the Board of Directors of the UNC Health Care the flexibility to approve policies summarized in the report. This flexibility has enabled operational improvements in Human Resources, Purchasing and Property Management, enabling UNC Health Care to remain attractive as an employer and to keep the cost of services more affordable. This ultimately has helped UNC Health Care achieve stable financial results.
View UNC Health Care System’s Annual Report on Flexibility.

UNC Strategic Plan Dashboard Reports

The University’s five-year Strategic Directions Plan (“Our Time, Our Future”) calls for regular and detailed reports on a quarterly basis. The Dashboard Reports summarize activities of the University staff pertaining to the implementation of the Strategic Directions Plan.
View the Dashboard Reports.

New Degree Programs

The Board approved the discontinuation of the following academic degree programs.

  • At the request of East Carolina University, the Board approved discontinuation of the Bachelor of Music in Theory-Composition degree program.
  • At the request of UNC Charlotte, the Board approved discontinuation of the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, Medical Technology.

Learn more about degree programs.