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.

UNC-W chancellor issues statement following dispute between professor and a Muslim, LGBTQ student

A conflict between a UNC-Wilmington professor and a queer Muslim student at the university continues after the student made a Tumblr post about her experience following a column written by the professor.


BOG moves forward on plan to refocus UNC system on five major themes

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Soon after UNC-system President Margaret Spellings officially took office, the Boston Consulting Group reported that many felt the system lacked a strategic focus in a study of the UNC system — including administration, faculty, staff and students.

This report coincided with the early planning sessions of a new five-year strategic plan for the system. After months of meetings and community forums the UNC-system Board of Governors drafted five themes for the new plan — access, affordability and efficiency, student success, economic impact and community engagement, and excellent and diverse institutions.


UNC system awards $1.7 million in research grants

The UNC system announced Tuesday it will be awarding four grants totaling $1.7 million to researchers across the system to promote collaboration within the state.


UNC system considers eight institutions for lab school program

UNC-system president Margaret Spellings announced in a statement on Nov. 1 eight UNC institutions are candidates to establish and operate laboratory schools intended to provide instruction for N.C. students in kindergarten through eighth grade.


UNC-system happenings for Oct. 19, 2016

A public service announcement on environmental issues produced by UNC-Wilmington students is currently running on Wilmington's WECT-TV website through December.


Income, racial gaps remain in higher education, report finds

A new national higher education report revealed despite progress in educational attainment, graduation rates and the achievement gap continue to hold students back.


North Carolina's HBCU students protest Charlotte shooting

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Protests were held at historically black colleges and universities across the state following the killing of Keith Scott, an African-American man, by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer Tuesday.


Spellings addresses NC education concerns at forum

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UNC-system President Margaret Spellings took center stage at this semester’s Carolina Forum Thursday to discuss her goals for education policy — accessibility and affordability.


Board of Governors responds to concerns online, not at meeting

After its Friday meeting, the UNC Board of Governors hosted its third public comment session — a practice implemented in May following months of protests, and the first since the school year began.


UNC-system happenings for Sept. 12, 2016

N.C. State senior Lisa Hoang made her New York Fashion Week debut this past Friday.


NC A&T reorganizes, but consolidation raises concerns about HBCU identity

Restructuring at North Carolina A&T State University will replace the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Technology with three new colleges — sparking concerns from students and faculty about preserving the identity of one of the nation’s largest historically black colleges.


UNC system manages debt crisis, but challenges remain

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As a first-generation college student, UNC first-year Eddy Fernandez had one big worry — the cost. 


Protesters disrupt Board of Governors, demand action on HB2

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A coalition of UNC-system students gathered Friday morning in front of the Center for School Leadership Development in Chapel Hill during the Board of Governor's monthly meeting — but Board Chairperson Lou Bissette said some of their anger was misplaced.


Board of Governors meets uninterrupted

It's the time of year when everyone's thinking about graduation — and evidently, the BOG Budget and Finance Committee is no exception.


Board of Governors changes meeting location amidst safety concerns

The UNC-system Board of Governors announced Monday they are relocating their upcoming meeting from the University of North Carolina at Asheville to Chapel Hill.


Spellings, Folt come out against House Bill 2

Amidst bathroom sit-ins across UNC-system campuses today in protest of House Bill 2, President Margaret Spellings clarified the universities' responsibility to comply with the controversial law. 

Spellings told reporters on a conference call this morning that a memo sent to chancellors April 5 requiring people on university campuses to use multiple-occupancy bathrooms based on their biological sex was only a response to questions from university officials.

“It is in no way an endorsement of this law,” Spellings said.


NCSSM expansion causes concern

Of the $2 billion allocated through the Connect NC Bond passed in March, $58 million was put aside to expand the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics — but the project has generated some disagreement.


Board members get a run for their money

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They say money talks — and in the UNC-system Board of Governors’ case, it might have something to say.


UNC-system happenings for March 30

See what's new in three of the UNC-system schools.


Please mind the NCGAP

After a vote of approval from the N.C. legislature in the fall, concerns remain over the N.C. Guaranteed Admissions Program.