Topics: UNC system

The University of North Carolina is a multi-campus university providing public education to the 220,000 students enrolled across the 17 campuses. In 1931, the NC General Assembly redefined the University of North Carolina to include three schools, UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State and UNC-Greensboro and with that the multi-campus system was born in North Carolina.

The system is overseen by the UNC Board of Governors, which is the system’s policy-making body. The 32-member board is elected to four year terms by the general assembly. One of the biggest responsibilities of the board is the elect the president, who is the administrator for the system. Each of the UNC campuses are headed by a chancellor. Each chancellor is nominated by the president and approved by the board of governors. 

The current UNC-system president is Tom Ross. He announced he will step down in 2016.

Western Governors University establishes partnership with North Carolina

Western Governors University received a $2 million dollar grant from the North Carolina General Assembly — making North Carolina the university’s seventh state affiliate.

Students could be expelled for disrupting campus free speech, according to a policy drafted by UNC-system BOG


A Board of Governors committee began drafting a policy that would allow the expulsion of students who repeatedly disrupt freedom of speech or expression on campus. 

Who gets on the UNC-system Board of Governors?


 The UNC-system Board of Governors faced scrutiny after a system-wide ban on litigation — forcing the UNC Center for Civil rights to cease taking real legal cases. While the Board itself is known across campuses, the process through which people get on the board might be less known. 

First-gen college students receive aid to further their education


The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded a five-year, $1.15 million grant to UNC-Greensboro to help first-generation and underrepresented students prepare for a graduate education.

UNC President Spellings: higher education needs to be more affordable


UNC-system President Margaret Spellings and other higher education leaders concluded universities have made limited progress in areas identified for reform 11 years ago.

UNC-system happenings for Sept. 26, 2017

UNC-system happenings for Sept. 26, 2017

Students, faculty and community members march in anticipation of Center for Civil Rights BOG vote


Students, University faculty and community members gathered Thursday to protest the potential Board of Governors decision to stop the UNC Center for Civil Rights from litigating.

Duke to increase employee minimum wage to $15 by 2019


Duke University will increase its minimum wage to $15 per hour for all regular University and Health System staff by 2019, according to a university statement Aug. 25.

NC schools are protesting more than just Silent Sam

In the wake of protests over Confederate monuments in Chapel Hill and Durham, students at Appalachian State University and Salem College are taking a stand against controversial acts on their campuses. 

Meet the new ECU

 East Carolina University’s new look is due in part to Chancellor Cecil Staton – and the university’s growing national acclaim. 

UNC sees increase in teaching program enrollment


UNC faculty asks the BOG to vote against closing the Center for Civil Rights



The UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Executive Committee asked the UNC Board of Governors to vote against closing the Center for Civil Rights. The committee passed a resolution Thursday saying the proposed policy "makes it harder for campuses within the system to pursue their mission."

Here's what the UNC-system has been up to this summer


The controversy over the fate of the UNC Center for Civil Rights' ability to litigate dominated the UNC Board of Governors’ agenda in the past few meetings, but the university system managed to stay busy this summer. 

UNC Center for Civil Rights under threat


UNC Board of Governors will vote on whether to pass a litigation ban against the UNC Center for Civil Rights in early September. The ban would prevent the center from representing clients and acting as legal counsel to any party. 

Board of Governors discusses changes to funding model

The UNC-system Board of Governors' Funding Model Task Force met on Tuesday to discuss UNC’s enrollment-based funding model. The current model has been used for more than 20 years.

New bill would prevent disruptions of free speech on campus

If a new bill passes in the N.C. General Assembly, public universities could be required to impose sanctions on protestors who disrupt events or prevent others from exercising free speech rights.

UNC-system happenings for April 28, 2017

Liza Wieland, an English professor at East Carolina University, was recently awarded the prestigious Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction by the Fellowship of Southern Writers — a nonprofit dedicated to cultivating and recognizing emerging literature from the American South. 

Bill takes aim at ACC and future boycotts of North Carolina

A new bill in the N.C. General Assembly would require UNC-system schools to leave any intercollegiate athletic association — like the Atlantic Coast Conference — if they boycott the state.

Legislature elects 12 new members to UNC-system Board of Governors


Twelve new members will be introduced in the UNC-system Board of Governors in July — the majority of whom are white and Republican.

UNC-system happenings for March 27, 2017

Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the book “Hidden Figures” from which the movie of the same name is based, will be the commencement speaker for the UNC-Greensboro graduating class of 2017.