Bruce Carney is tired of seeing students suffer.
After months of grappling with the ramifications of unprecedented budget cuts, the executive vice chancellor and provost said he is confident faculty and administrators will finally implement the solution the University needs — the 2011 Academic Plan.
The plan, only the second of its kind in the University’s history, proposes six themes involving more than 80 recommendations — ranging from increasing access to classes to expanding UNC’s global presence.
If implemented, the plan would serve as an academic road map for the next 10 years.
Although only days into the semester, the plan’s steering committee has already identified the focus of the plan for the fall.
Executive Vice Provost Ron Strauss, who is a member of the committee, said the first focus of the year will be student driven.
He said the committee plans to create more bachelor’s to master’s degree programs that can be earned in four or five years of combined study, such as the one in the School of Information and Library Sciences.
Strauss said there will also be a focus on developing direct-entry undergraduate to professional school matriculation — an initiative that will allow highly qualified undergraduate students to enroll in UNC graduate programs.
“We’ll be putting a lot of energy toward this because we’ll be attracting students to graduate programs who might not have considered Carolina as a first choice,” he said.