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Governor’s 2016-17 Budget

Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 by Nikki Baker under Updates

On Wednesday April 27, Governor Pat McCrory released a $22 billion budget adjustment plan for 2016-17 outlining his financial priorities for the year.

View the full proposal here: Governors Recommended Budget for 2016-17 (UNC System portion begins on page 49).

Additional context is provided in the Governor’s overview and summary presentation.

Proposals of interest to the University include:

  • full funding of the System’s enrollment growth request
  • one-time compensation bonuses for State employees (SHRA), capped at $3,000
  • $3 million contribution to the UNC Faculty Recruitment and Retention Fund in strategic compensation allocations
  • $5 million in Lottery funds to establish new merit scholarships for in-state undergraduate students in STEM and Health disciplines

Supplemental budget provisions are expected to be released  next week. 

The budget now moves to the N.C. House for additional consideration.


North Carolina General Assembly returns for 2016 Short Session

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2016 by Nikki Baker under Updates

The North Carolina General Assembly officially convenes for the start of the 2016 Short Session at 7:00 pm this evening.

At their April meeting, the UNC Board of Governors passed the following slate of System-wide legislative priorities for this session:

UNC Board of Governors 2016 Policy Agenda_approved 4.15.16

UNC Board of Governors 2016-17 Budget Priorities_approved 4.15.16

 


2015-17 State Budget Completed

Posted on Monday, September 21st, 2015 by Nikki Baker under Updates

Last week, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the final conference budget to fund State operations for 2015-2017. The bill was signed into law by Governor McCrory on Friday September 18, 2015.

The final language as signed by the Governor can be found here (UNC System begins on pg. 112), with the money report available here (UNC System begins on pg. F-9). A summary of the budget’s projected impact for the campus is posted at the UNCG Budget Central website.

Upon passage, UNC System Leaders issued the following joint statement:

“We are grateful to the legislative leadership for their continued commitment to address the needs of the UNC system in FY15-16. The current year’s budget funds many of our top legislative priorities, including enrollment growth, operating reserves for new buildings, and stabilization funding for Elizabeth City State University and East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine,” said UNC President Tom Ross.

“The budget for the current year is the best the UNC system has seen in recent years,” said UNC Board of Governors Chair John Fennebresque. “We particularly appreciate the additional carry-forward authority granted to University, which will enable our campuses to find new efficiencies and direct resulting savings towards critical needs. We thank the General Assembly for this tangible show of confidence in the Board of Governors. We look forward to working closely with legislative leaders in the months ahead to ensure that any bond proposal adopted is successful.”

With the budget complete, the Legislature remains in session to finalize outstanding legislative business (including the still-pending capital bond proposal) until official adjournment.


UNC Board of Governors 2015 State Budget Priorities and Policy Agenda

Posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 by Michael Tarrant under Updates

The UNC system 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.  The Board of Governors approved the 2015-2017 operating and capital budget priorities at their December 2014 meeting.

View the 2015-17 Operating and Capital Budget Priorities

Each year, the Board of Governors approves a policy agenda prior to the start of the legislative session. The 2015 policy agenda was approved by the Board of Governors at their December 2014 meeting.

View the 2015 UNC system Policy Agenda


Inside Higher Ed: Obama’s Final Two Years

Posted on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 by Michael Tarrant under Updates

The following story was published on https://www.insidehighered.com/ on January 21, 2015.

By Michael Stratford

The White House has highlighted a range of higher education policy ideas in the days and weeks leading up to President Obama’s penultimate State of the Union address on Tuesday evening.

Some of the proposals — like the free community college plan — are brand-new.

But others are not. The White House, for instance, previously has asked Congress to exempt from taxation the student loan balances that the federal government forgives under its income-based repayment programs.

And still other higher education proposals, such as the college ratings system, went unmentioned in Tuesday’s speech. But they nonetheless remain a priority for the administration.

Click here to read the full article.


School of Education earns $7.7 million grant to foster STEM teacher recruiting and training

Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by Michael Tarrant under Updates

This story was originally posted on UNCGNOW.

Credit: UNCG School of Education

Credit: UNCG School of Education

UNCG’s School of Education has been awarded a five-year, $7.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will further UNCG’s efforts to emphasize technology integration across all teaching fields as well as recruit, train and support more Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teachers.

The grant was one of just 24 Teacher Quality Partnership grants awarded by the Department of Education. UNCG will receive approximately $1.6 million per year over the next five years. Including that first $1.6 million allotment, the School has received just under $2.7 million from a variety of external sponsors since July 1, 2014.

“The project is about leveraging emerging technology to enhance teaching and learning,” says Dr. Christina O’Connor, who will direct the project for UNCG. “It’s not all about specific cutting-edge technology because that changes. It’s about how we can use technology to better prepare teachers so that students become more creative and more innovative, and learn by doing.”

That innovation might include anything from educational gaming to use of 3D printers, O’Connor says. Or even loading sewing machines with conductive thread.

UNCG will team up with seven public schools in Guilford and Forsyth counties to launch the project,Transforming Teaching Through Technology, in Fall 2014. This fall, UNCG will select four elementary schools in the Guilford County system and two middle schools and a high school in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth system as partners. In Fall 2015, UNCG students will be placed in the partner schools. Read More


UNCG DEDICATES VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER

Posted on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by Michael Tarrant under Updates

The following story was originally posted on UNCGNOW on November 12, 2014.

Brig. Gen. Ted Crichton, left, Chancellor Linda P. Brady and Spc. Chen-yang Liu, right, ring the university bell as they dedicate the new Veterans Resource Center.

Brig. Gen. Ted Crichton, left, Chancellor Linda P. Brady and Spc. Chen-yang Liu, right, ring the university bell as they dedicate the new Veterans Resource Center.

Spc. Chen-yang Liu, an Army Reserves combat photographer and vice president of UNCG’s Student Veterans Association, wore his dress blues for the Veterans Day dedication of the university’s new Veterans Resource Center (VRC).

The VRC will be “a space of support and welcome for service members” and a “magnet for the military community, supporters and family members,” Liu told the crowd assembled on the terrace of the Spring Garden Apartments just outside the VRC entrance.

Liu introduced Chancellor Linda P. Brady. A small orchestra provided music for the celebration.

“Chen, it is because of you and the student veterans here today, and those who have come before you, that we are here,” Brady said. She added that a dedicated space for veterans on campus “rose to the top” of a list of recommendations by a veterans services task force she assembled in 2010.

Currently, nearly 500 students at UNCG are using Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits, nearly double the number in 2008. Victory Media has named the university to its Military Friendly Schools list for four straight years.

UNCG participates in the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program to make up gaps in out-of-state tuition rates not covered under the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. Yellow Ribbon schools set aside funds to cover extra expenses, and the VA matches those funds penny for penny. For the Fall 2014 semester, UNCG contributed $90,000 for 21 students. Read More


DUNCAN UNVEILS $20 MILLION SURPRISE FOR NC NEW SCHOOLS

Posted on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by Michael Tarrant under Updates

The following is an excerpt of a story originally posted on UNCGNOW on November 06, 2014

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It was Arne Duncan’s birthday, but he was the one who sprang the surprise. To the tune of $20 million.

Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, was at UNCG Thursday to take part in a forum about the federally-funded N.C. Investing in Rural Innovative Schools initiative, which partners with UNCG’s iSchool for online courses. That’s when Duncan announced the Department of Education will add $20 million to its earlier $15 million investment  in N.C. Rural Schools, which offers students in remote areas of the state early college credit and prepares them for college and the workforce.

“I get to feel like Santa Claus today,” Duncan said, calling the funds “not a gift, but an investment.” He said N.C. Rural Schools earned that additional investment by showing tangible, real-world results.

N.C. New Schools, the public-private partnership that administers the funds, launched the program with a pilot group of five rural high schools in 2012-13 school year. During that first year, the schools’ combined drop-out rate fell by nearly a third. The pilot schools counted 38 fewer drop-outs than in the previous school year.

“It’s not just about college credit, this is about changing lives,” Duncan said. “In some cases it’s about saving lives.”

Story by Michelle Hines, University Relations 

Photos by Daniel Smith, Division of Continual Learning


Veterans Day 2014 at UNCG

Posted on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 by Michael Tarrant under Updates

Event Schedule

11/11/14: Roll Call and Remembrance Ceremony

Approximately 34,000 veterans live in Guilford County. At UNCG alone, nearly 500 students are currently receiving GI Bill benefits, and countless more veterans are serving as members of our faculty and staff. UNCG is hosting several events to honor Veterans Day and recognize all who have served and are serving, as well as the fallen.

On Tuesday, November 11th, UNCG’s annual Roll Call & Remembrance Ceremony will commence at 6 a.m. at the Field of Honor, an installation on Kaplan Commons in which each flag represents a life lost in the combat actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. UNCG’s event is held in conjunction with the National Remembrance Day Roll Call – a synchronized reading of the names of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom casualties with participating schools from across the nation. The schedule is as follows: Read More


Voter Registration and Political Activity

Posted on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Michael Tarrant under Updates

Early Voting

Early voting will be held at various sites in Guilford County beginning Thursday, October 23, 2014. The early voting schedule and locations can be found on the Guilford County Board of Elections website at http://www.guilfordelections.org. The closest early voting site to the UNCG campus is located at the Old Courthouse and is accessible via HEAT bus route #71. Registered voters in Guilford County may also vote at their assigned polling place on Election Day on November 4, 2014. For additional information please visit http://www.ncsbe.gov/ncsbe/elections.

Voter Registration

Those seeking to register to vote in the November 4, 2014 General Election should deliver or have their voter registration form postmarked to the Guilford County Board of Elections office by October 10 at 5pm. North Carolina allows college students to register to vote and vote using their college or university address. You may pick up a voter registration form at Jackson Library or register in-person at the Guilford County Board of Elections office (301 W. Market Street, Greensboro), Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm.

Political Activities on Campus

UNCG values freedom of speech and participation in the political process as fundamental rights guaranteed by the U. S. Constitution and actively encourages members of the University community to be engaged citizens. As a reminder, students, faculty and staff may not use University resources – email accounts, computers, vehicles, equipment, supplies, funds, postage, photocopying, faxes and the like – for political campaign activities. For more information, please see the UNC Policy Manual (Policy 300.5.1) and the UNC General Administration Guidelines Concerning Use of UNC Resources for Political Campaign Activities.

Any additional questions or clarification regarding voter registration, early voting, or updates to existing election law should be addressed to the Guilford County Board of Elections.