Sarah Kate Purnell
The UNC Board of Governors (BoG) monthly meeting took place on Friday, September 9, and discussed new goals and business.
Held in Chapel Hill’s C.S.L.D Building, the meeting began with committee reports from Walter C. Dravenport on Audit Risk Management and Compliance.
“The committee approved the following definition of economic impact: Universities have an impact on state and regional economies through the students they attract and teach, research they perform, the innovation they encourage, the people they employ, the services they offer, and the partnerships they build.” Dravenport stated, “The University of North Carolina can enhance that impact by focusing on graduate readiness to meet the state’s long term needs, investing in foundational research, speeding the application and translation of discoveries, and deepening partnerships that strengthen local communities and the state’s economy.”
Scott Lampe of the Committee of Budget and Finance took the stand to recap information from previous meeting.
According to Lampe, key areas discussed included construction costs, financial aid and student debt, public and private partnerships, cap on tuition and fee increases, back office consolidation, faster time to degree, operational flexibility for campuses, personal cost, and strategies to address upper mobility and specific segments of North Carolina population.
Next, Anna S. Nelson from the Committee of Education and Planning spoke. Nelson described the addition and process of doctoral degree programs, as well as the approved definition of student success.
“As a multi-faceted construct of positive intellectual, personal, and social transformation, facilitated by a high quality, university education,” Nelson defined, ”it includes the timely acquisition of a degree, and the development of competencies, critical thinking, lifelong learning, technological mastery, resilience, effective communication, flexibility and collaboration among others for meaningful engagement in 21st century life, including but not limited to the workforce.”
“The three primary areas of focus for the Committee of Education and Planning will be timely degree attainment, decreased achievement disparities, and skills development for the 21st century,” Nelson stated.
Henry W. Hinton of the University Governors Committee followed, discussing recent Western State University Board of Trustees vacancies. Hinton then gave the approved definition of access.
“Access is the opportunity for all North Carolinians who are prepared for the associated rigorous learning experiences to pursue a university education.” Hinton stated, “Providing North Carolinians access and encouragement to pursue higher education is not confined solely to helping students gain admittance to college, it also includes, providing multiple access points to the university, academic, financial, cultural, and other knowledge based services to help all students; but particularly those who are underserved for any reason, aspired to enroll in and graduate from institutions that match their interest and capabilities.”
Chairman W. Louis Bissette Jr. gave updates and announcements, including acknowledgement of the 25 athletes and alumni that participated in the 2016 Rio Olympic games, and recognized Laura I. Wiley with the Long Leaf Pine Award.
“The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is among the most prestigious awards conferred by the Governor of North Carolina.” Bissette described, ”Established in 1963, it is awarded to persons for exemplary service to the state of North Carolina and their communities that is above and beyond the call of duty and which has made a significant impact and strength (sic) in North Carolina.”
After the meeting returned from the Executive session, Chairman Bissette called on R. Doyle Parrish for reports from the Personal Intenders Committee.
Parrish reviewed items from the committee’s last meeting and read the approved definition of excellent and diverse institutions.
“Institutions that both work individually and collectively, as a system, are distinct and mission focused, high performing, and committed to the fullest development of all students, faculty and staff.” Parrish spoke.
Chairman Bissette concluded the meeting with the remarks and reminder that the public comments section would be held following the BoG Meeting.
The next UNC BoG meeting will be held on Friday, October 14 in Chapel Hill’s CSLD Building.