Feature Stories

  • 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.

  • Degrees of Health

    One-stop Clinic at NCCU Takes Holistic Approach to Wellness

    North Carolina Central University’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences has embarked on a creative collaboration to make it easier for members of the university community and their neighbors to live all-around healthier lives.

  • In Winston-Salem, the R.J. Reynolds stacks that once billowed grand plumes now stand smokeless. The company’s Bailey Power Plant, which had fueled manufacturing processes and filled the massive chimneys with particulate, became obsolete when the tobacco industry dwindled. In 1997, the facility was shuttered.

  • Take a look back at the 10 most-read UNC System feature stories of 2018. Highlights of the year included the State of the University address, virtual reality campus tours, and the System’s united stand in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

  • UNC System Institutions Deliver Ambitious Engagement Plans

    No neighborhood offers a clearer picture of North Carolina’s prosperity than Eastover, Charlotte. The sidewalks are painstakingly lined with crepe myrtles and willow oaks. Each street offers an assortment of massive Tudor houses, Greek revivals, and French provincials. It takes a lot of wealth to maintain these homes, not to mention the lush turf and meticulously sculpted hedgerows that accent them. Indeed, the median annual income in Eastover is $223,400.

  • NC Teaching Fellows Program Accepting Applications

    Ally Gagnon is a first-year student at North Carolina State University with a penchant for the sciences … all of them. With her talents and a particular interest in biology, she could easily settle into a plumb career in pharmaceuticals somewhere in the Research Triangle Park. Instead, her professional ambition is to teach high school in rural North Carolina, perhaps in her hometown in Summerfield.

    She is passionate about learning, and she wants to pass that passion on.

  • Power in Numbers

    UNC System Participates in Nationwide Student Success Initiative

    The UNC System has announced that it is participating in a massive new national effort to increase college access, close achievement gaps, and award hundreds of thousands more degrees by 2025.  The “Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success” initiative represents the largest ever collaborative effort to improve college access, advance equity, and increase student success.

  • 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.

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