Feature Stories

  • UNC System Standardizes AP Credit Policy

    In July 2018, the Board of Governors passed a new System-wide Advanced Placement (AP) credit policy. This new policy, a shared top priority of both President Spellings and the Board's Committee on Strategic Initiatives, will make a score of “three” or higher the standard for credit across the 16 universities in the System. The result will provide students with equal footing to gain college credit, improve degree efficiency, and increase demand for college-level courses in high schools across the state.


    November 9, 2018

    CHAPEL HILL, NC - Two UNC System faculty members received the 2018 Governor James E. Holshouser, Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service: Dr. David Westling, from Western Carolina University, and Dr. Walt Wolfram, from North Carolina State University. The pair of awards were presented at today’s regular meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.

  • As an undergraduate student, Greg Lester was falling behind at the University of Kentucky (UK) in the 1990s.

    Dr. Greg Lester ’98 M.A., executive director of academic advising and student success at Appalachian State University, said intervention by UK’s academic advisors turned him around and helped get him where he is today.


    Virtual Reality Improves College Access

    The university campus tour is a generations-old rite of passage for eager—and nervous—high school students who have their sights set on the horizon as they prepare to leave the nest.

  • What will the class portrait of North Carolina’s next generation of education and civic leaders look like?

    If we’re lucky, something resembling 2018’s group of Marian Drane Graham scholars.

    For six weeks this summer, six resourceful and charismatic students from the UNC System have been embedded across different state agencies, where they’ve helped research solutions for some of the challenges facing North Carolina’s education systems. On June 29th, these budding leaders convened to report on what they’ve learned.

  • If you think of the stereotype of a strategic plan, it’s a lot of splash and not much substance. After a big launch, it’s rare to hear much of it ever again.

    But at the UNC System, that’s anything but the case. Almost two years after the UNC Board of Governors unanimously approved the strategic plan, Higher Expectations, its impact on the operations and planning of the System’s 17 institutions is only growing.  

  • From increasing economic mobility, to ensuring accountability, to advancing the public good, the UNC System is hard at work fulfilling its historic mission to this state. That was the message President Margaret Spellings delivered as the State of the University Tour crossed the state.

    “North Carolina has built, without question, one of the finest university systems in the nation,” said President Spellings. “And it’s getting better every day.”

  • On July 22, 2018, UNC System President Emeritus C.D. Spangler, Jr. passed away at age 86. On the U.S. Senate Floor, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) delivered a stirring tribute in his honor.


    Designed, engineered, sculpted and fabricated in UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio, Mel Chin’s Wake sculptural installation was officially unveiled in New York City’s Times Square at a public and media event on July 11, 2018.

  • NCCU's Dr. Lopez and Dr. Melendez in their lab at BRITE.


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