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Summary/Highlights Of December 2014 UNC Board Of Governors Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 15 December 2014 06:38

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is a summary of highlights of the UNC Board of Governors meeting, compiled by the system and posted to its website at northcarolina.edu.

For a full account of board proceedings and meeting materials, check the board meeting archive on that site.

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Operation and Capital Budget Priorities

The Board of Governors approved the 2015-2017 operating and capital budget priorities.

The Board of Governors is responsible for developing, preparing and presenting to the Governor and the General Assembly a single, unified recommended budget for the University’s 17 constituent institutions.

Campus Security Fee for Students.

In August 2014, UNC President Tom Ross launched an Initiative to study security and student safety at the University’s 17 constituent institutions. The result was a report that included high-priority recommendations for new initiatives, staffing and security measures for UNC campuses. The Board  discussed a proposed Campus Security Fee to provide a portion of funding needed to implement the report’s core recommendations, but deferred action pending consideration of other funding options..

Border Tuition

The board voted to permit UNC campuses located within 25 miles of the state border to propose a discounted tuition rate for nonresident students who live within defined geographic proximity to the campus.  Such border rates would be higher than in-state rates and all nonresidents would still be included in the calculation of the 18% nonresident cap. For the upcoming tuition cycle, only Elizabeth City State University and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke will request border tuition rates.

New Degree Programs

The Board approved North Carolina Central University’s request to establish a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Environmental and Geographic Sciences degree program.

In 2012, at the request of NCCU, the Board of Governors discontinued the bachelor’s degree programs in Geography and Environmental Science with the understanding that the content of the two discontinued programs would be combined into one new degree program. The new program does not require any new or additional resources.

Academic Credit for Military Training

Senate Bill 761 requires that the UNC and Community College systems work together to develop a plan to award academic credit to students who present with military training and to address the need for non-degree programs, especially in some licensed occupations, for military students.

The Board of Governors approved a plan outlined in two reports to be sent to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee of the N.C. General Assembly.


NC A&T Nursing School Report

In April 2014, the Board of Governors completed its annual review of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) first-time writers’ pass rates for graduates of the nursing programs across the University system.

Subsequent to that review and in keeping with Board of Governors Policy 400.1.7, the Board suspended new admissions to the BSN program at NC A&T State University’s School of Nursing after fall 2014 and called for a full review of the program.

A team of experts in nursing education and workforce issues, academic affairs, and the economics of academic programming has completed that review, and its findings and recommendations were presented to the Board’s Committee on Educational Planning, Policies and Programs.

The Board approved the recommendations that address the A&T nursing program‘s enrollment and funding.

Optometry School

The 2014 General Assembly directed the Board of Governors to evaluate the feasibility of a school of optometry at one or more of eight designated constituent institutions.

Based on data received from a Cecil B. Sheps Center report, of the Board voted to recommend that a school of optometry not be established on any UNC campus at this time.

UNC Global Engagement Report

The University's Strategic Plan, "Our Time Our Future," recommends investments fo further system efforts to increase engagement with partners in China, India, Brazil, Mexico and Africa, to recruit more international students and to build UNC's global "brand." The UNC Global Engagement Report looks at campus international activity, progress toward strategic plan goals and poteinal strategies going forward.

 
Agenda For Thursday Meeting Of Task Force on Safer Schools PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 11 December 2014 06:39

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The task force created to provid guidance to the N.C. Center for Safer Schools and consider future policy and legislative action will meet Thursday in Raleigh.

The agenda for the Governor's Task Force on Safer Schools is as follows. Meetings take place at the Division of Adult Correction & Juvenile Justice on Hammond Business Place in Raleigh.

                                
10 a.m.                 Welcome/Introductions/Approval of Minutes                  Chairman Chip Hughes

                

10:15 a.m.           Executive Director’s Report                                                        Kym L. Martin    

                

10:45 a.m.           Special Presentation: Early Intervention Truancy Program

·         Greta Metcalf, Chairman, Mental Health and Students with Special Needs Committee *Brief committee update

·         Rhonda Cox, Senior Director for Care Coordination at Smoky Mountain Center/LME

·         Dianne Whitman, Chief Court Counselor for the 30th District, Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice

                                ***Questions and Discussion from Task Force***           

                

11:45 a.m.           Agency Updates                               

·         Department of Health and Human Services

·         Department of Justice: N.C. Justice Academy

 

Noon                     Break for Refreshments               

 

12:30 p.m.           Continued Agency Updates

·         Department of Public Instruction/brief update from School Climate and Discipline Committee

·         Department of Public Safety

·         Office of the Governor

 

12:50 p.m.           Special Presentation: “Full Scale Active Shooter, School Crisis Response, Evacuation and Reunification Drill”

·         Sheriff Robert Holland, Chair, Physical Security and Emergency Preparedness Committee                     

·         Donna Dougherty, Director of Disciplinary Review and Schools Safety, Nash-Rocky Mount School System

 

Questions and Discussion from Task Force: “How does your LEA handle lockdown drills and do you think they are a good idea?”

 

1:45 p.m.             Special Topic for Task Force Discussion: How Schools Handle Students with Behavior Issues

·         Greensboro, Guilford County: Barbara Leland

·         Raleigh, Wake County: Karin Evanoff


2:15 p.m.             New Business and Adjourn                                                        Chairman Chip Hughes

 
N.C. Leads Nation In National Board Certified Teachers PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 December 2014 05:46

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina continues to set the standard for nationally board certified teachers, according to new data from the organization that gives out the credential.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards says the Tar Heel state has 20,611 teachers who've earned the designation. In 2014, 527 teachers joined the certified group. One in five state teachers are certified.

State Superintendent June Atkinson commended the newly-certified teachers in a news release: “North Carolina teachers continue to pursue this credential, and our students benefit from teachers who are engaged, interested in strengthening their craft and willing to model lifelong learning for their students.”

Florida is the next closest state (13,637) followed by South Carolina (8,820), Washington (8,196) and California (6,249).

In addition, five North Carolina public school districts placed in the Top 20 districts nationally for the total number of National Board Certified Teachers: Wake County remained first with 2,455, Charlotte-Mecklenburg is fourth with 1,995, Guilford County is 9th with 778, Winston-Salem/Forsyth is 16th with 541, and Buncombe County is 17th with 520.

North Carolina supports teachers pursuing National Board Certification by providing low-interest loans to pay the $1,900 assessment fee and three paid release days from normal teaching responsibilities for new candidates to develop their portfolios. Also, the State Board of Education awards a North Carolina teaching license to out-of-state teachers who are employed in North Carolina and who possess National Board Certification.

National Board Certification is the highest credential in the teaching profession and participation is voluntary. Teachers achieve certification through a rigorous performance-based assessment that typically takes from one to three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers and counselors should know and be able to do. As a part of the process, candidates build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching. Certification is currently available to educators in 25 fields.

 
Four North Carolina Schools Receive $20,000 STEM Grants From Verizon PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 05:35

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) -  Students and teachers in Angier, Burlington, Coats and Dunn havae received $20,000 Innovate Learning Grants from Verizon to study fields known as "STEM" subjects -- science, technology, engineering and math.

The schools -- Angier Elementary School in Angier, Hillcrest Elementary in Burlington, Coats Elementary School in Coats and Harnett Primary in Dunn -- are among 80 underserved public schools across the country who will receive the grant from Verizon.

According to Verizon, schools will use its Verizon Innovate Learning grants for teacher professional development or programs that leverage new technologies like 3D printing and robotics, as well as coding.  
 
To learn more about the grants, visit: http://www.thinkfinity.org/innovateaward/?CMP=DMC-SMB_Z_ZZ_ZZ_Z_ZZ_N_X00038.

 
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