For several days in mid-March, a group of UNC doctoral students and faculty were stranded in Guatemala due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Here's how they got back.
Data shows that UNC full professor pay is about $19,000 below that of peer institutions. Associate professors earn about $16,000 less and assistant professors make $3,000 less. The data was presented to the Faculty Council at its December meeting. UNC is currently unable to give raises to faculty, as the North Carolina General Assembly has not passed a budget. Provost Bob Blouin said this leaves the University with no new state resources to put into the raise pool. Currently, salary compression and inequalities in pay are concerning to faculty members.
A new bill proposed in the Undergraduate Senate would provide student senators with a $300 maximum stipend based on the number of meetings they attend. Some members of the senate think the bill will encourage participation and make the senate more appealing and accessible to students. Others have their doubts.
“Our institution is built on student self-governance and the ability for students to have a say in how the institution runs as well as how their daily life is organized and conducted.”
UNC's Asian Studies Department is allowing students to major in Korean studies. The addition comes thirteen years after the first Korean class was offered at the University.
44 percent of undergraduates currently study abroad, according to the vice provost for global affairs and chief global officer. Those who don't study abroad often cite financial barriers as their main obstacle. Now, UNC’s Global Guarantee is aiming to eliminate those barriers.
The new Commission on History, Race and a Way Forward is seen by some as a continuation of former UNC Chancellor Carol Folt's Task Force on UNC-Chapel Hill History. Some campus members share their expectations for the new commission, highlighting how they hope it will differ from Folt's task force. Folt's task force was instituted after the Board of Trustees changed the name of Saunders Hall in 2016 and then enacted a 16-year freeze on naming buildings. Board of Trustees Chairperson Richard Stevens said Guskiewicz's commission will build on work done by Folt's, and that it will have as much time as it needs to explore UNC's history.
The Faculty Committee on University Government met Wednesday afternoon to discuss the structure of shared governance at UNC-Chapel Hill in comparison to other schools within the UNC System, among other topics.
Technology has evolved over the past decade, and with it, UNC's classroom environment.
According to a new report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy, UNC is one of four flagship state institutions that is actually affordable for low-income students.