In case you missed it: take a look back at some of the most significant stories from the UNC system in 2015.
The 17-campus University of North Carolina adds value to the state’s economy. The UNC system created $27.9 Billion in added state income, the equivalent of 426,052 jobs.
Margaret Spellings, President of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, TX, and former U.S. Secretary of Education, was elected during a special meeting of the UNC Board of Governors.
[pull quote] “I believe that there is no more important area of public policy than education. It is not an overstatement to say that education is not only fundamental to each individual North Carolinian, but to the success and future of this state, this country and to peace and stability in the world. I believe this with every fiber of my being, and that is why I will work tirelessly with all of you to ensure that each and every student in North Carolina has not only access to higher education, but the skills and abilities to fully access the American Dream.” – Margaret Spellings on accepting her new role.
Anyone who knows Tom Ross understands his passion for and commitment to public service, especially when it’s the people of North Carolina who are being served. It’s a passion he displayed as a faculty member, superior court judge, and leader in the world of nonprofits, and it’s a passion he has maintained in the world of academia.
Five campuses within the University of North Carolina system – North Carolina A&T University, Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina Central University, Fayetteville State University and Elizabeth City State University – waived their application fees during College Application Week from Nov. 2-6, allowing potential future students in the state the opportunity to freely submit their applications.
The system-wide effort to reach service members and their families started in earnest in 2010 with a set of steps to improve enrollment, retention and graduation of current and former service members. As of this fall, all 16 universities consider any person who has served three or more years in the armed services a transfer student in the admissions process, eliminating the need for requirements like SAT or ACT scores, which once acted as roadblocks to higher education for those who had served in the military.
Mia de los Reyes is poised to do even more work as an astrophysicist once she finishes her undergraduate degrees in math and physics, and would like to become a mentor to the next crop of budding science students. Her mentor John Blondin, the alumni distinguished professor in physics at NC State, has been able to nurture one of the university’s brightest science students, while de los Reyes has been able to study with one of the top astrophysicists in the country.
The University of North Carolina and the North Carolina Community Colleges systems launched the reverse-transfer pilot project in February 2013, to award credentials to UNC students who had transferred from community college shy of meeting the associates degree requirement. More than 1,400 students have earned a degree through the program.
UNC General Administration is using a Duke Energy grant over three years to place about 130 undergraduate students as interns with small- and medium-sized businesses. Six campuses – the University of North Carolina at Asheville, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, North Carolina State University, East Carolina University, Fayetteville State University and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke – are involved in the program.