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The UNC system’s longest tenured chancellor, Patricia Sullivan, 69, died Thursday after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.The former UNC-Greensboro chancellor, known for her professional accomplishments and personal touch in working with students and colleagues, retired last year after serving as chancellor for almost 14 years. She was the first woman to hold the position.
The state budget is phasing out the sometimes controversial UNC-system school tuition waiver for N.C. School of Science and Math students.The graduating class of 2010 will be the last class eligible for a waiver. Graduates of the residential magnet high school already at a university and those accepted next year will still be granted the waiver.The tuition waiver, which was first granted in 2003 with the hope of keeping top-notch students in the state, cost the state an estimated $3.1 million dollars for the 2008-09 academic year.
Some local consumers are putting away their credit cards and exchanging their U.S. dollars for a local currency to help businesses cope with the recession. A currency called the PLENTY, the Piedmont Local Economy Tender, is becoming increasingly popular in Orange and Chatham counties. Greensboro businesses also are pushing for the currency.One PLENTY equals $1, but because it is only a regional currency, PLENTYs spent stay within the Piedmont area, boosting local small businesses.
The UNC system is using one of its greatest resources — its students’ expertise — to help small businesses and local governments throughout the state weather the economic crisis.Universities are partnering with different local organizations and giving students and faculty internship and research opportunities while simultaneously benefiting the local community through their work, said Norma Houston, executive director of UNC Tomorrow.
A high school summer program credited with opening the eyes of its participants might not be available much longer for those with limited financial means.High school students selected to attend N.C. Governor’s School, a six-week summer program that was previously free, will have to pay tuition beginning in summer 2010.The $500 tuition charge is an attempt to close the gap created by a $475,000 cut to the program’s budget for the next two years.
Today is the first day of classes at Campbell University’s new law school in downtown Raleigh. The school’s relocation from Buies Creek, which is about 45 minutes south of Raleigh, spurred a 25 percent increase in applicants.The increased interest could serve as a threat to UNC-system law schools and other private law schools in the state, but it is hard to assess that, said Melissa Essary, dean of the law school.First-year students admitted have the highest credentials of any class yet, she said.
Last year, University officials turned heads with their decision to hire Bain & Company, a global business consulting firm.Now, universities nationwide are following UNC’s example by hiring consultants to help deal with administrative organization and unprecedented budget deficits.Bain & Company concluded its study at UNC this summer — funded through an anonymous donation — and found that the University was administration-heavy and decentralized, which added costs and made day-to-day operations less efficient.
Social networking Web sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are becoming increasingly useful not only in staying connected with friends, but also in promoting job skills and exploring career options.Gary Allan Miller, University Career Services assistant director, said students should figure out which medium works best for them and establish an online presence, which could help them in securing a job in the future.Miller said about 80 percent of hiring managers are using social mediums to screen job applicants.
A UNC doctor will represent North Carolina in a meeting today with President Barack Obama.Stephen Gamboa, clinical instructor in the department of family medicine, is participating in a health care reform discussion at the White House. Obama invited one doctor from each state. “President Obama organized this event and wanted a physician from each state to show that doctors are indeed supporting health care reform,” Gamboa said.
Due to a reporting error, this story misstates the cost of Obama’s health care plan. The plan is set to cost approximately $660 billion in 10 years with the public option. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
When consulting firm Bain & Company finished its study at UNC, it estimated that its recommendations could save the University up to $161 million a year.Now, the University of California-Berkeley has hired Bain & Co., hoping for similar results.
Some of the nation’s top business schools are changing their admissions policies in attempts to broaden their applicant pools, but UNC is not planning to make changes right now.Until recently, business schools required students applying for Master of Business Administration programs to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test.But schools are now allowing students to submit scores from a more general test — the Graduate Record Examination, which students take for a variety of graduate programs.
N.C. legislators are considering proposals to make the state’s tax code more representative of today’s economic structure.This is the first time the legislature has taken serious steps to reform the tax code since the Great Depression, even as the economy has shifted to being service-based instead of manufacturing-based.
The UNC-system Board of Governors proposed a plan Thursday to balance the universities’ and state’s needs for additional money while keeping tuition costs down for students.
Correction (Dec. 29 9:03 p.m.): Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that there were two students on the UNC-CH Tuition Task Force, the Student Body President and the Student Body Vice-President. There are actually three students, as the GPSF President, Keith Lee is also on the task force.
This article was published in the 2009 Year in Review issue of The Daily Tar Heel.The tuition increase proposal Chancellor Holden Thorp sent to UNC-system President Erskine Bowles might leave campus with financial difficulties.
This article was published in the 2009 Year in Review issue of The Daily Tar Heel.
The UNC system Board of Governors tied up several loose ends, such as UNC-Charlotte’s potential football program, paid leave policy for university presidents and chancellors, and a policy for dealing with hate crimes at its meetings Thursday and Friday. Increasing fees for football
Randy Woodson’s selection as chancellor for N.C. State University was described by most in three words — a perfect fit. The UNC-system Board of Governors elected Woodson at its meeting Friday. The decision was made after a six-month search conducted by an 18-person committee.
As UNC senior Jeanne Vodicka waited to board her flight home from a mission trip in Haiti, the world of the people she said she grew to love was crumbling.Vodicka left Haiti on Tuesday for an airport in the Dominican Republic only hours before a devastating magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince.