As the group formed to implement the University’s new Academic Plan works to find its operational rhythm, members of the committee could bring sweeping changes to academic policy across departments.
The committee, co-chaired by psychology professor Gina Carelli and Alice Ammerman of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, is tasked with carrying out the comprehensive policy road map finalized during the last academic year.
“This is our blueprint, our road map for the next 10 years as a University,” Carelli told the group Wednesday morning. “These are some concrete steps we can take for our future.”
And if existing internal policy blocks some of the committee’s broader ambitions, the committee might find ways to revise or reform such inhibiting policies.
“As we move forward, we need to be mindful of antiquated regulations,” said Ron Strauss, executive associate provost and chief international officer. “It doesn’t cost money to have regulations, but it can cost a lot to interact with them.”
The plan — the University’s second — includes a list of more than 80 priorities that range from boosting access to first-year seminars to adjusting employee wage parity and increasing the number of faculty with international experience.
The first Academic Plan, which was written in 2003, is credited with spurring a slew of changes at UNC, including the development of the first-year seminar program and the 2006 revision of the undergraduate curriculum.
And while many of the new proposals are either financially or legislatively improbable in the state’s current economic and political climate, many parts of the plan are already under way.
A study exploring wage parity is already being considered, and a program offering fee waivers for economically disadvantaged students is also off the ground.