The Faculty Athletics Committee convened for its first meeting of the new year on Thursday to discuss various matters concerning athletics at UNC.
The committee works to represent and communicate with the faculty and the chancellor on athletic affairs. The committee focuses on subjects such as student-athlete experiences and the functioning of the UNC athletic program.
Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, who was permanently appointed to his position last month, kicked off the meeting by discussing his vision for the University.
“I want to continue to amplify on something that I call uniquely Carolina, and that is collaboration,” he said.
Among the faculty attending the meeting were Bubba Cunningham, director of athletics, Michelle Brown, assistant provost and director of academic support program for student-athletics and Allan Blattner, executive director of Carolina Housing.
The committee discussed last semester's average grade point averages for all student-athletes.
“So looking back at the fall semester, the term GPA for the entire department was a 3.009,” Brown said. “Our goal was to get above a 3.00 for the term for the fall semester also, so that would be two semesters in a row, and that was accomplished.”
Brown said the department’s goal for average student-athlete GPA this semester is 3.00 or higher, a goal the department has reached for the past two semesters. She said that the team with the highest GPA this past semester was women's tennis, with an average GPA of 3.574.
Brown said the department will host various events this semester to celebrate the accomplishments of student-athletes.