Feature Stories

  • Mending Holes

    New Report Reaffirms the Importance of University Initiatives

    Suppose a company spends millions on a pipeline to transport resources, only to discover that most of those resources aren’t getting through to their final destination. Investments in raw materials are dribbling down the drain. Downstream, supplies needed to fuel operations run short. The common-sense solution is simple: locate and patch the leak. Doing so will increase returns on investment significantly.

  • Dr. Andrew Kelly

    A Conversation With the UNC System’s Senior Vice President for Strategy and Policy

    What work does the Strategy and Policy division tackle at the UNC System Office?

    The simple answer to that question is that we are responsible for all things Strategic Plan related. When I started in 2016, the first order of business was to create a new Strategic Plan for the whole System. We then took the System-level plan, with its 11 goals, and created performance agreements that spelled out what each institution would contribute in pursuit of these goals.

  • Conference Spotlights Behavioral Health Strategies Across the System

    When Chase Holleman was a student at UNC Greensboro, he faced what could have been an insurmountable obstacle on his path toward graduation: substance use. Confronted with the seemingly endless temptations available on a college campus, Holleman turned to UNC Greensboro’s Spartan Recovery Program (SRP) for the support he needed to stay in recovery and refocus his energies. SRP helped him to accomplish his primary goal: graduation.

  • Pitching New Ideas

    Conference Highlights How Student Success is a Team Effort

    Last year, East Carolina University invited Isaiah Ybarra to throw out the first pitch for the Pirates’ “Salute to Service” baseball series. After having served ten years as a fixed wing crew chief in the United States Marines, Ybarra had returned home to major in history education.

  • Closing the Gap

    Student Success Conference Promotes Innovative Teaching Strategies

    Everyone knows this student: the one slouched in the back of the classroom with the hoody pulled over the brow. A ballcap’s brim pokes out from the fabric, shading the eyes for good measure. Age-old wisdom holds that this is the student who is ill prepared, disengaged, inattentive, and bored. The front of the classroom … that’s where hands are raised. That’s where excellence sits and learning transpires.

  • Dr. Kimberly van Noort

    A Conversation with the UNC System’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

    How does the academic affairs work at the System Office differ from what happens on the curriculum committees and at academic affairs offices at the 17 constituent institutions?

    We operate from a much bigger, System-wide picture. Take curricular change, for example. Our role is to look at the broad view to ensure that there’s not unnecessary duplication across the System and that proposed programs are responding to student and market demand.

  • Meet Candy Beal, and discover how unorthodox field trips are making her students better future teachers.

  • Growing Talent at Home

    Signature NC Promise Programs Revitalize Local Economies

    Aron Bechiom has seen the world, but nothing excites him more than gazing down at his home town, Elizabeth City.

  • William L. Roper

    A Conversation with the UNC System’s Interim President


  • Learning at Every Level

    Community Engagement Plans Improve Student Success

    Peta-Gaye Brooks came to North Carolina Central University with a hunch that she might like to teach math: she knew that she wanted to make a difference, but her plans weren’t yet concrete. For some students, a lack of clear direction in a college career may lead to disruptive changes in degree path, poor academic performance, or even a failure to graduate. North Carolina might have lost one of its most promising new teachers even before she stepped foot in the classroom.

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