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UNC Tomorrow:  NC State’s Response (Draft)

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UNC Tomorrow:  NC State’s Response
April 10, 2008

Note:  Draft initiatives are posted at http://www.ncsu.edu/unctomorrow/response.html

4.1  Global Readiness - UNC should educate its students to be personally and professionally successful in the 21st century, and, to do so, should enhance the global competitiveness of its institutions and their graduates.

Relevant NC State characteristics and strengths

  • Research mission
  • Graduate education mission
  • Experience with international programs and partnerships
  • Strong and productive faculty
  • STEM leadership
  • Recent review of general education program

Initiatives

4.2  Our Citizens and their Future:  Increasing Access to Higher Education - UNC should increase access to higher education for all North Carolinians, particularly for underserved regions, underrepresented populations, and non-traditional students.

Relevant NC State characteristics and strengths

  • Experienced leader in implementing best practices in increasing access and success:  Pack Promise, Pre-College Programs, fundraising for scholarships, textbook cost reductions, AGEP, CES
  • Largest university in UNC system, including large(st?) enrollment of non-traditional students, part-timers
  • Historical commitment to service to underrepresented group, starting with the land-grant mission
  • Enrollment plan for 40,000

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4.3  Our Children and Their Future: Improving Public Education - UNC should be more actively involved in solving North Carolina’s public education challenges.

Relevant NC State characteristics and strengths

  • STEM flagship
  • Research-based expertise
  • Experience with educational innovation and improvement
  • Relatively great producer of teachers, recent increases in number produced
  • Distance education
  • Direct interface with public schools across the state:  Science House, Friday Institute, Kenan Fellows, 4-H, camps, workshops, etc.

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4.4  Our Communities and Economic Transformation - UNC should be more actively engaged in enhancing the economic transformation and community development of North Carolina’s regions and the state as a whole.

Relevant NC State characteristics and strengths

  • Land-grant mission and historic commitment to economic and community development:  ARS, CES, IES, strategic plan, etc.
  • Highly ranked in industry-sponsored research, technology transfer, licenses and patents
  • More than $450m in economic impact in CES, IES, and SBTDC alone
  • Centennial Campus model

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4.5  Health - UNC should lead in improving the health and wellness of all people and communities in our state.

Relevant NC State characteristics and strengths

  • More than $160 million in biomedical research in new products
  • Wide variety of health and wellness related research across all colleges, e.g., food production and safety, human and animal health, artificial organs, fabrics, technology, patient management, etc.
  • Direct interventions
  • Large pre-professional enrollment
  • Public information dissemination
  • Health care and health systems engineering
  • The only CVM in NC, ranked among top five in nation

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4.6  Environment - UNC should assume a leadership role in addressing the state’s energy and environmental challenges.

Relevant NC State characteristics and strengths

  • Historically played leadership role within UNC system in related research, teaching, and outreach programs
  • Commitment to energy development, use, and conservation:  pioneer in nuclear engineering, biomass, solar and wind power
  • Expertise and capacity in natural resource management and sustainable economic development through agricultural, forest, fresh water, urban, estuarine, and marine systems
  • Unique opportunities for greatness in bio-based fuels, water quality and quantity…..etc…..
  • Uniquely poised to help NC become less dependent on non-renewable sources of energy
  • Access to facilities and property for necessary for research, ability to integrate transportation and energy issues
  • Campus commitment to sustainability:  CEST, Year of Energy, EIF

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4.7  Outreach and Engagement - UNC should become more directly engaged with and connected to the people of North Carolina, its regions, and our state as a whole.

Relevant NC State characteristics and strengths

  • Land-grant mission and commitment to engagement
  • Extension programs:  CES (field faculty in every county and reservation), IES, Design ES, etc.
  • Technical assistance, agricultural communication
  • Recognition by Carnegie Foundation
  • Organizational structure and rewards system in place
  • Innovation:  Centennial Campus, partnerships with business, industry, education, government

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