February 2015 Board Meeting Highlights

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

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

Campus Security Fee

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 approved a Campus Security Fee in the amount of $30.
Learn more about the Campus Security Fee.

Tuition and Fees for 2015-2016

A presentation of proposed 2015-2017 tuition and fee rates was given for discussion only by the Committee on Budget and Finance during the January board meeting.

Tuition and fee rates for resident undergraduates remain in the bottom quarter of each institution’s public peers. Campus proposals for tuition and general fee increases do not exceed five percent (debt service fee excluded).

The board voted to accept campus proposals for tuition and fees for 2015-16.
View summary chart of tuition and fees.

Read more about tuition.
Read more about fees.

New Degree Programs

The Board approved Winston-Salem State University’s request to establish a Bachelor of Science in Teaching degree program and UNC-Chapel Hill’s request to establish a Master of Health Sciences degree program.

Approval was also granted to UNC Greensboro’s request to discontinue its Master of Science in Interior Architecture degree program.
Learn more about degree programs.

Centers and Institutes

Over the past five months, a UNC Board of Governors working group reviewed 240 centers and institutes located on all 16 university campuses and within UNC General Administration. The working group was tasked with determining if each center was meeting its intended purpose -- enhancing the education, research and service mission of the university; and providing more value than the investment of state funds, university funds, and in-kind support.

Following a three-phase process the working group validated the status of 207 centers and institutes and recommended campuses take specific action to address issues identified at 16. In addition, it recommended the close monitoring of ongoing efforts to improve the coordination and efficient operation of nine centers and institutes focused on coastal and marine sciences.

The working group recommended discontinuation of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at UNC-Chapel Hill, the NC Center for Biodiversity at East Carolina University and the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at North Carolina Central University.

The board voted to approve the working group’s report.
Read more about the Centers and Institutes Report.
Resolution adopting the report and recommendations of the Centers and Institutes Working Group

Uniform Articulation Agreement for Nursing Programs

A Uniform Articulation Agreement between the NC Community College System and UNC would provide a clearer and more consistent pathway from the Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) to a Bachelors Degree in Nursing (BSN), enhancing the educational pipeline for nurses throughout North Carolina. An Articulation Agreement would assure that students who successfully complete an ADN degree from a NC community college would be awarded credits for their coursework to use towards the BSN from a campus in the University system.
Learn more about a Uniform Articulation Agreement for Nursing Programs.

Uniform Articulation Agreement for Engineering Programs

A Uniform Articulation Agreement outlines a statewide uniform curriculum that students may take at a NC community college to assure they have met the general education and engineering prerequisite course requirements at all UNC system schools.  An agreement would allow a more seamless transfer for students who pursue an Associates in Engineering (AE) degree and wish to continue in a UNC Engineering program.
Learn more about a Uniform Articulation Agreement for Engineering Programs.

Read news release about the Articulation Agreements.

Congress Federal Policy Agenda

The Board of Governors considers the University’s federal policy priorities every two years. The policy agenda was presented to the Public Affairs Committee for information only.
Read the 114th Congress Federal Policy Agenda

Remedial/Development Activities Report

The Remedial/Developmental Activities report was presented for information only to the Committee on Educational Planning, Policies and Programs. The report provides information regarding the remedial and developmental activities across the UNC System. Total enrollment in remedial courses decreased over the previous year, as did total expenditures.
View the full Developmental Report.

Retention and Graduation Report

The Retention and Graduation report was presented for information only to the Committee on Educational Planning, Policies and Programs. The report provides information on student and academic success.  UNC institutions exceed the national average in retention, four-year, five-year and six-year graduation rates.
View the full Retention and Graduation Report.