The UNC Board of Governors met for the first time this semester on Thursday and discussed the five-year strategic plan for the UNC system, which is in its final year.
UNC System President Peter Hans proposed that the BOG review and expand the framework of the plan, preserving the original foundation and adjusting it as necessary.
The board also discussed the recently proposed funding model and the Kitty Hawk Project, an e-learning initiative for working adults.
- The five-year plan for the UNC system, in place since 2017, comes to an end this year.
- The plan’s current primary goals are access, affordability and efficiency, student success, economic impact and community engagement, and excellent and diverse institutions.
- Proposed changes to the plan include graduating on time, new ways to manage student debt and graduate life outcomes, goals around student mental health and wellbeing, and new opportunities for adult learners and veterans.
- “When I talk to students and families about what they want from college, I don’t really hear about groundbreaking transformation,” Hans said. “I hear about affordability, making sure the right courses are available at the right time, and linking their degree to a promising career. The basics, the fundamentals. Again, I think that’s what made the (current) plan so successful, we deliver on those fundamental promises.
- J. Alex Mitchell, Vice-Chair of the BOG Committee on Budget and Finance, presented an update report including the FY 2022 budget, 2022-23 tuition proposals, and athletic fees and expenses. proposed changes to the funding model.
- The budget and finance committee held a special meeting on January 18, during which they discussed proposed changes to the funding model. System office staff are gathering feedback from campus to refine the proposal, and the final vote is expected at the February BOG meeting.
- On January 19, the committee held its regular meeting where they discussed an outline of the 2022-23 tuition proposals, which will also be put to a vote in February.
- David Powers, Chair of the University Governance Committee, provided an update on the Kitty Hawk Project, an online initiative to help more working adults graduate from college.
- The Budget and Finance Committee has proposed delegating authority to set program tuition to the Kitty Hawk Project Board of Directors.
- To achieve the goals of the budget provision, Kitty Hawk Project programs will need to be established and begin enrolling students on a more flexible schedule than the traditional academic schedule, Mitchell said. This policy will be voted on at the February meeting.
- In Budget 2021, the General Assembly called for the creation of a non-profit organization to develop the programs needed to meet the unique needs of adult learners – which led to the creation of the Kitty Hawk Project.
- “In Budget 2021, the General Assembly directed us to establish such a nonprofit with a one-time funding of $97 million,” said Carolyn Coward, chair of the BOG Committee on Strategic Initiatives. to Project Kitty Hawk, a nonprofit ed-tech startup affiliated with the UNC system that will support universities in their efforts to create innovative, online degree programs.
- The board also announced that it had recently approved a new lab school, Appalachian State Academy in Elkin, for students in grades two through four. The Lab School is one of nine that fall under the UNC system’s Lab School initiative, which was also created by the NC General Assembly.
- The board also recently approved five new degree programs and the discontinuation and consolidation of two degree programs.
- The UNC Press Board of Governors has two partial vacancies, one term ending June 30, 2024 and one ending June 30, 2026.
- This group is responsible for directing the work of UNC Press, a nonprofit publisher responsible for distributing the academic and general interest works of the UNC system.
- The board named UNC Law School professor Osamudia James to fill the partial vacancy ending June 30, 2026, and Angela K. Miles, associate professor and chair of business administration at North Carolina Central University to fill the vacancy ending in June. 30, 2024.
- The CDG unanimously approved the new appointments.
- The BOG will meet again Feb. 23-24 to vote on the proposed funding model, 2022-23 tuition proposals, Kitty Hawk Project policies and more.
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