2018 Top Features and News Stories

Take a look back at the 10 most-read UNC System feature stories of 2018. Highlights of the year included the State of the University address, virtual reality campus tours, and the System’s united stand in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

HURRICANE FLORENCE AND THE UNC SYSTEM

As North Carolina and the UNC System’s 17 institutions responded to the effects of Hurricane Florence, the safety of our students, faculty, and staff remained paramount. Many members of our University community were affected, and we as a University stand united in support for the long-haul. Read more…

The State of the university: a reason to celebrate, a call to action

Beginning March 19, 2018 University of North Carolina System President Margaret Spellings delivered a series of eight State of the University speeches across North Carolina. Her address highlighted the UNC System’s most significant achievements while also mapping out a vision for invigorating the ways its 17 institutions serve the state. “No state has had a closer and more essential relationship with its institutions of higher education than North Carolina,” said Spellings. Read more…

celebrating a life of service and devotion

Dr. Robert Canida, director of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion and its Multicultural Center, received the Erskine B. Bowles Staff Service Award to honor his tireless work promoting humanitarian values within the UNC System. The Erskine B. Bowles Staff Service Award is given annually to a staff member who has shown “exemplary understanding, empathy, and devotion to [humankind] and whose accomplishments are consistent with the goals exemplified by Bowles during his tenure as UNC President.” In the words of Dr. Canida, “This is what you do as a humanitarian. You serve others.” Read more…

uniform credit adds up to success

In July 2018, the Board of Governors passed a new System-wide Advanced Placement (AP) credit policy. This new policy, a shared top priority of both President Spellings and the Board's Committee on Strategic Initiatives, will make a score of “three” or higher the standard for credit across the 16 universities in the System. The result will provide students with equal footing to gain college credit, improve degree efficiency, and increase demand for college-level courses in high schools across the state. Read more…

reimagining the campus visit

A groundbreaking new initiative will open the doors to all 16 System universities, allowing every student to traverse the state virtually, touring campuses from Wilmington to Cullowhee—from anywhere and at any time. Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs  (GEAR UP) NC has unveiled a new app that will allow users to take free, immersive virtual reality tours of each of the UNC System’s 16 institutions of higher education. Read more…

new report highlights need for reform and improvement in educator preparation programs

A review released by the UNC System takes a close look at the System’s undergraduate teacher preparation programs with an eye toward effective literacy instruction. “As a public University System, we have a responsibility to the people of North Carolina – and to the teachers who do the vital work on the front lines everyday – to offer the strongest possible preparation to our educators. This report gives us a foundation to be bold and ambitious in our efforts to do so,” said UNC System President Spellings. Read more…

a class portrait: 2018’s marian drane graham scholars

The Marian Drane Graham Scholars Program provides rising juniors and seniors in the UNC System with an immersive learning experience designed to help them develop leadership skills and gain a better understanding of key issues facing public higher education. Over the course of their internships, these six resourceful and charismatic students collaborated closely with site supervisors and System Office staff. In addition, visits with key policy leaders and elected officials in North Carolina and in Washington, DC provided them with insight on how to launch a career in public service. Read more…

partnering with the communities around us

During President Margaret Spellings’ tenure, the University has taken important steps to ensure that students are not the only beneficiaries of its work. Higher Expectations: The Strategic Plan for the University of North Carolina 2017-2022 calls for the University to “increase investment of time and resources in strengthening North Carolina communities.” The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) have proposed initiatives designed to strengthen and revitalize economically distressed areas. Read more…

strategic plan performance agreements: putting words in action

Almost two years after the UNC Board of Governors unanimously approved the strategic plan, Higher Expectations, its impact on the operations and planning of the System’s 17 institutions is only growing. And thanks to new publicly available Data Dashboards that track institutions’ progress towards their stated goals, it’ll be easy for anyone from our peers, to our state’s policymakers, to interested taxpayers, to see exactly how we live up to our ambitions and expectations. Read more…

pursuing excellence in all 100 counties

The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program offers merit-based, competitive forgivable loans to students interested in pursuing careers in teaching. Fellows must commit to teaching in a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) or special education licensure area. Fellows reap more benefits than just the substantial forgivable loan. The program also provides a variety of leadership development opportunities. These include seminars, enrichment opportunities, and service learning activities. Applications for the 2019-20 academic year are open until January 7, 2019.  Read more…

 

THE 5 MOST-READ news items OF THE YEAR

dr. william l. roper named interim president of the unc system

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors announced today that UNC Health Care CEO and Dean of the UNC School of Medicine Dr. William L. Roper has been named interim president of the UNC System, effective January 1, 2019. “I am honored and humbled by Chair Smith and the Board of Governors’ support and confidence in asking me to serve as interim president of the UNC System,” said Dr. Roper, “I look forward to working closely with the chancellors, faculty, staff, students, and alumni to advance the mission and reputation of the UNC System in service to the people of North Carolina.” Read more…

unc system launches new we promise affordable education campaign

The University of North Carolina System launched the We Promise campaign to promote affordable college opportunities for every North Carolinian. The NC Promise Tuition Plan, passed in 2016, lowers undergraduate tuition to just $500 per semester for in-state students and just $2,500 per semester for out-of-state students at Elizabeth City State University, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Western Carolina University. The Fixed Tuition Program, also passed in 2016, holds resident undergraduate tuition flat through four years of continuous enrollment at any UNC System university. Read more…

dr. karrie G. dixon named chancellor of elizabeth city state university

The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina System announced that Dr. Karrie Gibson Dixon has been selected as chancellor of Elizabeth City State University. Dr. Dixon, who has held the title of interim chancellor since April 8, 2018, will assume her new role effective immediately. “I am deeply honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve as the next chancellor of Elizabeth City State University,” said Dr. Dixon. “I look forward to working with the ECSU Board of Trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, students, and the community as we continue to move ECSU in the right direction.”  Read more…

nancy j. cable named chancellor of unc asheville

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors elected Dr. Nancy J. Cable as the new chancellor of UNC Asheville. “I am delighted—and honored—to be chosen as the next Chancellor of UNC Asheville at this point in its distinguished history,” Cable said. “UNC Asheville is a true gem of an academic liberal arts and sciences institution within an exceptional UNC System of campuses, and I am deeply grateful to the faculty, staff, students, alumni and trustees who served with such dedication throughout the search process.” Read more…

2018-2019 application opens for nc teaching fellows program

The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program announced that applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 application cycle. Any student with a high school, associates, or bachelor's degree is eligible to apply. Students who wish to transfer or change their majors are also eligible. Applications will be accepted through midnight on Monday, January 7, 2019. “The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program represents the best and brightest in North Carolina,” said UNC System President Margaret Spellings. Read more…

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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