In the wake of Chancellor Carol Folt’s resignation and decision to remove Silent Sam’s pedestal, members of the community are wondering how the UNC-system Board of Governors will proceed.
As Thursday’s meeting of the Committee on Strategic Initiatives began, Chairperson J. Alex Mitchell said they would not be discussing Silent Sam at all. The committee focused instead on initiatives to ensure students’ academic success.
Committee members discussed plans to improve the quality of summer school programs by requesting additional funding. Campuses within the UNC system do not currently receive state appropriations for their summer programs, and the amount of scholarship money reserved for these sessions is limited, said Andrew Kelly, senior vice president for Strategy and Policy.
Kelly said summer program funding relates to the big question the committee has been discussing as a group.
“What would it take to leverage the full 12-month calendar so that more students can earn the credits they need to graduate in a timely fashion?” Kelly said.