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11/26/2019 12:38am

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Waitlists and frustrations grow as UNC's computer science department tries to keep up

Student participation in the computer science department at UNC has skyrocketed over the last decade, but issues have emerged from the department's inability to accommodate its newfound demand. While the number of declared or intended computer science majors has increased by more than tenfold since fall 2009, the department's faculty total has risen only 8.2 percent over the same time period.  While the University recently extended a hint of incoming relief, the expectation remains that class cuts, reduced enrollment availability and other restrictive measures will make life increasingly difficult for computer science majors.


9/18/2019 9:40pm

Unsustainable scholarship: How private companies control research in higher education

Academic research is a staple of university libraries. Faculty depend on it for their own research, and students need it for their studies. But because of private publishing companies, who play a confusing and controlling role in the process of research creation, UNC Libraries is sounding alarms about the system's flaws.  The publishing companies make money by selling research journal access to university libraries in confidential deals. UNC Libraries said there's an imbalance in the process, because tax payers subsidize research authoring, then subsequently have to pay again for research access.  Rebels against the publishing giants advocate for open access — publishing online for free without paywalls — and say that continuing to buy into publishers' demands will impair scientific progress.

4/25/2019 11:02pm

Western Carolina University's new chancellor,  Kelli R. Brown. Photo courtesy of UNC-system media relations.

Western Carolina University has a new chancellor

Kelli R. Brown will assume the position of the 12th chancellor of Western Carolina University in July. Brown was elected by the WCU Board of Governors on Thursday, bringing a legacy of success to the chancellor-less University


4/10/2019 8:05pm

From left to right, Katie Lindner, Joanneke Elliott, Sara Elliott, Maura Kitchens, and Beth Mueller, all event organizers of Europe Week at UNC. Photo by Grant Peet.

Want to learn about Europe? You’re in luck

"Students, community members, teachers, high school students, faculty, staff, local government and all sorts of society organization ... foster the dialogue on Europe." The Center for European Studies is hosting Europe Week at Carolina, a week dedicated to appreciating and celebrating European culture, from April 6 to 12.