Eddy Fernandez, a first-year student hoping to major in Health Policy and Management, is a Carolina Covenant Scholar. The Covenant program makes education affordable for Carolina undergraduate students from low-income families.

UNC system manages debt crisis, but challenges remain

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


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.

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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.


UNC-system faculty get Commons app

UNC Learning Technology Commons is an opinion aggregation app, like Yelp or Trip Advisor — but instead of reviewing food or destinations, it lets UNC-system faculty communicate about the best and the worst technology in education.


Lou Bissette

Q&A with BOG Chairperson Lou Bissette

The UNC-system Board of Governors selected Lou Bissette as chairperson of the board in December, replacing John Fennebresque, who resigned in October. Daily Tar Heel Assistant State and National Editor Corey Risinger talked with Bissette about future goals and ways to reform the board in the new year, following frustrations with closed meetings and a lack of transparency in 2015.