The summaries below highlight selected actions taken by the UNC Board of Governors during the September meeting.

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

Animatronic Dragon is Effective Teaching Tool for UNCSA Professor

During the Committee on Education Planning, Policies and Programs, UNC School of the Arts professor Michael Meyer and student Maggie Sackman presented “Lucy,” an animatronic puppet and teaching tool developed through a mentorship between Meyer, chairman of the Wig and Makeup Program, and Sackman.
Learn more about Meyer’s work.

Budget Update

An overview on key components of the budget, including both key money and policy items, were presented to members of the Public Affairs Committee, including:

  • Full funding for enrollment growth and building reserves
  • Funding for Elizabeth City State University of $3 million non-recurring in both years
  • $8 million in non-recurring funds in both years for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
  • Expanded carry forward authority from the existing 2.5 percent to 5 percent, with restrictions on the additional authority to repair and renovation and advanced planning
  • Full funding for in-state tuition for veterans
  • $750 bonus for state employees, including university employees
  • Management flexibility reduction of $17.9 million in FY 2015-16 (in addition to a handful of smaller targeted reductions)
  • One-third of appropriated repair and renovation funds for state government (totaling $50 million for the University)
  • Additional expenditures target specific UNC system institutions for medical education, veterans services, technology upgrades, and more

Read the Joint Statement on the 2015-2017 State Budget.

Degree Program Proposals

The board approved NC State’s proposal to establish a BA in Biological Sciences degree program and UNC Charlotte’s request to establish a Doctor of Business Administration degree program.  The board also approved the discontinuation of the following degree programs:

  • NC State:  PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education, PhD in Science Education
  • UNC Chapel Hill: DrPH in Maternal and Child Health degree program

Learn more about degree program proposals.

UNCW Military Resource Lounge

During the Military Affairs Committee, representatives from UNC Wilmington discussed the opening of the campus’ Military Resource Lounge. The lounge provides military-affiliated students with study space, group workspace, cable television, a handicap accessible restroom, and a VA work study student who is available to help students with questions about their VA education benefits.  
Learn more about UNCW's Military Resource Lounge.

Section Size Workgroup

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Warwick Arden reported on the progress of the Section Size Workgroup during the Committee on Education Planning, Policies and Programs. The workgroup has been evaluating the potential efficiencies gained through larger section sizes and the effect of section size on the delivery of high-quality instruction, student learning outcomes and timely progress toward degree.
Read more about the Section Size Workgroup's progress.

Board of Trustees Workshop at Winston Salem State

UNC Boards of Trustees from all 17 campuses attended a workshop on Wednesday, September 16,  on the campus of Winston-Salem State University. Sessions included panel discussions and presentations on the role of effective boards, risk management, budget process, academic issues, and intercollegiate athletics.

Guest speaker Charles B. Reed, chancellor emeritus of the California State University system, discussed governance in higher education. He noted that the most successful boards have high standards, willingness to work as a team, understanding of the issues, and accountability.