“We have a lot of opportunity and privilege by being here, so if we have to work even harder to try to make ourselves hold to a higher standard, I think we are ready for that,” Folt said.
Folt said the service component of the University is highly important. She said the undergraduates and graduates combined put in almost 2 million hours of service.
“People here, I think, serve not just because they want to but because they feel a responsibility,” Folt said.
The innovative and entrepreneurial spirit at UNC is another characteristic of the University that Folt said she values.
She wants to prepare a future-ready workforce by teaching research skills. Folt said the College of Arts and Sciences recently found students are graduating and getting jobs at rates equal to those at the most elite private institutions.
“The speed and rate of innovation is so fast that when we have you for only four years, we want to make sure that you are learning how to take yourself all the way to the edge of content mastery, synthesis and design,” Folt said.
Folt said she wants to update the curriculum to include more flipped classrooms and online learning opportunities, along with increasing research and internship opportunities to prepare students for the workforce.
Folt said UNC has a history of innovation, progressive change and leadership.