October 3, 2007 edition


The University Board of Trustees on Sept. 26 unanimously approved the plan for Carolina North to develop 250 acres of the nearly 1,000-acre site during the next half-century.

The trustees’ action clears the way for the plan to be reviewed and approved by the Chapel Hill Town Council.

The plan anticipates that 2.5 million square feet of building space will be completed over the first 15 years along the eastern boundary of the property bordering Martin Luther King Boulevard. The first of those projects will be a new 85,000-square-foot Innovation Center for which the University has already requested a special-use permit to begin construction.

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When visiting San Francisco, most tourists flock to see the Golden Gate Bridge, the internationally recognized symbol of the city, considered the engineering marvel of its age when the bridge opened in 1937.

Seventy years later, the San Francisco marvel that has caught the eye of Carolina’s Mark Crowell lies on the edge of the city in Mission Bay. Crowell is associate vice chancellor for economic development and technology transfer.

Once an industrial wasteland, Mission Bay is now home to a satellite campus for the University of California at San Francisco and, next to it, the burgeoning life science complex that is being developed by Alexandria Real Estate Equities of Pasadena, Calif.

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A philosopher who has interests in metaphysics and the mathematics of logic, a geneticist who is working to develop cancer therapies, a computer scientist who specializes in bioinformatics and data mining, and a historian who studies the African-American experience in the American South have received the 2007 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty.

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Seven Carolina employees were recognized for their outstanding contributions Sept. 24 at a luncheon at the Carolina Inn. Five people received the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence and two received the Excellence in Management Awards.

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Campus-based tuition over the past decade has played a pivotal role in generating revenue to bolster faculty pay to keep Carolina competitive.

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Campus milestones during Moeser's tenure


Chancellor James Moeser took office in August 2000. In the past seven years, the University has made significant progress toward the vision of becoming America’s leading public university.

His focus has been to make the University the best that it can be to help make North Carolina as successful as possible. Carolina has set an example in many ways on issues including affordability, early decision admissions, diversity, quality teaching, research funding, public service and engagement, and global outreach.

These pages highlight some of the University’s many milestones during Moeser’s tenure as chancellor. For more about Carolina under Moeser’s leadership, refer to www.unc.edu/chan/special.


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STUDENT DIVERSITY A campus task force produced the University’s first diversity plan, which began implementation last fall. Carolina has marked progress in several key areas. Through an admissions policy that evaluates each candidate individually and comprehensively, the diversity and academic preparation of the entering class have significantly improved. Among the top 50 national universities, Carolina has had the highest percentage of African-American students in the entering class six times in eight years (through fall 2006). This year, the chancellor received the Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award from the American Council on Education.

CAMPUS CONSTRUCTION Carolina has seen an unprecedented physical transformation of the main campus, made possible by approval of the $3.1 billion N.C. bond referendum for higher education in 2000. The bonds have meant more than $515 million for renovations and new buildings at Carolina. Together, with gifts, faculty research grants and other campus sources, the resulting capital construction program — now at $2.1 billion — is among the largest under way at any major U.S. university. The program involves 165 projects, 72 of which have been completed and are valued at $764 million. In all, main campus facilities will grow by 6 million square feet, with sustainability a goal. The Board of Trustees has endorsed as a priority the development of Carolina North, the mixed-use academic development to be built on UNC property north of the main campus.

CAROLINA CONNECTS The chancellor has made service to North Carolina a priority. In 2004, he began the Carolina Connects initiative to strengthen the University’s ties to the state’s people and their communities. This academic year, Moeser has scheduled visits to 50 locations across the state to highlight how the University serves N.C. citizens through education, health and economic development, and to seek their input about new ways for Carolina to contribute. Carolina’s two traveling science laboratories, Destiny and Discovery, bring hands-on science experience to public school students in all corners of the state.

OVERALL ACADEMIC QUALITY Six consecutive times Carolina has ranked first among the 100 top U.S. public colleges and universities that offer the best combination of top-flight academics and affordable costs as ranked by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. The University developed and adopted a new academic plan in July 2003 outlining major academic priorities. Last fall, the University implemented a newly revised general education curriculum. With a goal of fostering in graduates the curiosity, integrity and adaptability required to be successful in today’s world, changes included an emphasis on small classes, global issues and research experiences.

CAROLINA FIRST CAMPAIGN One of the most ambitious and successful fundraising efforts ever for a public university, Carolina First surpassed the $2 billion mark in February, and as of last month had raised $2.24 billion. Through Carolina First, the University has created 204 new distinguished professorships (surpassing the goal of 200), as well as 541 new undergraduate scholarships and 187 new graduate student fellowships (toward a goal of 1,000). The campaign, which ends Dec. 31, also supports research, strategic initiatives, facilities and the University’s endowment.


CAROLINA COVENANT Launched in 2003, the initiative guarantees a debt-free education to qualified low-income students. Announced during Moeser’s annual State of the University speech, the Carolina Covenant marked a first for a major public university. It has served as the model for about 40 similar initiatives in other universities and at least two states. To date, around 1,400 students have benefited from the program. The first class of Carolina Covenant Scholars will graduate in May 2008.

GLOBAL MISSION The University has strengthened its focus on internationalization and a global mission. Examples include completion of the FedEx Global Education Center, designed as a vibrant hub of international studies, academic services, research, public service and cultural exchange. The building will be dedicated on University Day this year. The University now has more than 300 study abroad programs in 70 countries, ranking second among public U.S. research universities for the rate of undergraduates going abroad — at 35 percent, up from 15 percent in 2000.

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UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION The University was recently reaccredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In April 2006, a site review committee reviewed the University’s compliance report responding to 80 accreditation standards for good practices across nine areas of campus operations. The process, which concluded last year, also included creation of a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to improve undergraduate education. One result of the QEP, Maymester, launched in 2007 to offer undergraduates an intense three-week course at the end of the spring semester.


FACULTY RESEARCH Faculty research funding topped $610 million in fiscal 2007, up 2.9 percent from the previous year and more than twice as much as a decade ago. Key areas include a genome sciences initiative, an Institute for Advanced Materials, Nanosciences and Technology, and the Renaissance Computing Institute. Cancer is another major emphasis enhanced with the construction of the N.C. Cancer Hospital, which will provide a clinical home for the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Last summer, the General Assembly created a new fund for cancer research for the University at a permanent level of $50 million annually.

FACULTY SALARIES AND RETENTION The University’s number one priority is boosting faculty salaries. Carolina’s goal for average pay for tenure and tenure-track faculty is to match the 80th percentile of the Board of Governors-approved peer group. Carolina expects to reach the 50th percentile of its peers this year. Faculty retention also has improved. In 2006-07, the University retained 72 percent of faculty who received outside offers and to whom the campus made counter offers — the best performance in five years. Major factors were two consecutive years of excellent faculty salary appropriations from the General Assembly and a new recruitment and retention fund made possible by legislators last year at UNC President Erskine Bowles’ request.

PERFORMING ARTS Through the renovation of Memorial Hall, planning for the Arts Common and a reorganized management model for the arts, the University has positioned itself as a performing arts destination for patrons — a cause Carolina donors have endorsed. The Memorial Hall renovation was made possible by the state bond referendum and donor support. Progress on the Arts Common is now highly visible, with renovations under way for Person and Gerrard halls, along with Old Playmakers, a National Historic Landmark, and with construction on a new music building.


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