Student Affairs works closely with the leadership, faculty, and staff at our institutions to foster System-wide, data-driven strategies for enhancing student success, access, and financial aid.
The office of Student Affairs regularly collaborates with institution administrators to implement policies and regulations regarding student success, student health, financial aid, admissions, and campus safety. As part of these efforts, the office organizes the annual Behavioral Health Convening. In addition, Student Affairs oversees two System-wide student experiential learning opportunities: the Marian Drane Graham Scholars program for rising seniors and the North Carolina Governor’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Internship program for rising juniors and seniors.
The Marian Drane Graham Scholars Program is an immersive experiential learning opportunity. This eight-week summer program provides UNC System students a chance to enhance leadership skills, gain a better understanding of key issues facing public higher education, and explore career opportunities in public service.
Past Marian Drane Graham Scholars have interned with the North Carolina Community College System, the NC Department of Public
Instruction, and the office of the NC Secretary of State, among others.
The North Carolina Governor’s HBCU Internship Program began in 2015 and was created to connect students matriculating at North
Carolina’s HBCUs with major Fortune 500 corporations throughout the state.
The program provides interns with an immersive professional experience that will increase their competitiveness in the job market. In turn, corporations and businesses are directly exposed to a diverse pool of high-performing students with the ultimate goal of recruiting and retaining valuable talent within North Carolina.
Student Affairs is also responsible for access programs including the College Foundation of North Carolina, a Pathways Partnership with all NC higher education entities, and the statewide Countdown to College program. The Student Affairs team also works closely with system-wide committees and educational agencies on policies related to minimum admissions and course requirements.
Student Affairs also works alongside the NCSEAA (North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority) to coordinate the distribution of student financial aid information and state awards.