Faculty Council News : Faculty contribute to Carolina First campaign success
Employee Forum News: UNC system explores greater flexibility in managing human resources programs
Board of Trustees News: BOT hears plans to address N.C. health needs
Board of Trustees News: Trustees focus on grad student aid
Board of Trustees News: Faculty salaries, research among top legislative priorities
FACULTY COUNCIL NEWS:
Faculty contribute to Carolina First campaign success
When it comes to fundraising, success helps breed success.
The recently completed Carolina First campaign, which
brought in a record $2.38 billion, created 208 new endowed professorships,
eight more than the goal. The success of that effort was due in large part to
the stature of Carolina’s faculty, Matt Kupec, vice chancellor for University
advancement, told the Faculty Council at its Jan. 25 meeting.
“You are our shining star that helped us be able to recruit
and retain outstanding faculty members,” he said.
Besides being the fifth-largest completed
campaign in the nation, the eight-year fundraising effort exceeded expectations
in many areas.
Every professional school and unit surpassed its individual
goal, and the percentage of money contributed by Carolina’s alumni exceeded the
national average. Alumni donations made up
36 percent of the campaign goal, compared to 28 percent nationwide.
“At Carolina, we are blessed to have some very loyal alumni who
want to give back and make sure future generations have the
opportunity to thrive here,” Kupec said.
Through two new committees, the University
strengthened its ties to women, recruiting
105 women to serve on boards across campus, and to minorities, adding 62
to Carolina’s Board of Visitors during the course of the campaign. In turn,
those groups yielded many new donors — 18,000 additional female donors in
the past three years and 4,300 new
minority donors between 2000 and 2006.
Even with the campaign’s success, Kupec said, the University
has to look toward its next campaign, probably in 2011.
“If we’re going to make this a better state,
nation and world, we can’t afford to stop engaging
our alumni in the life of this institution,” he said. “We want to continue to
showcase the things you are doing. The key is really to talk about what you’re
doing every day; it doesn’t matter whether we’re in a campaign or not.”
Bernadette Gray-Little, executive vice
chancellor and provost, said that one priority
for the next fundraising campaign would be
graduate student fellowships.
“The Graduate School has raised private funds for
fellowships, and we have dramatically more than we did five years ago,” she
said, “but it still is not enough.”
The council unanimously approved support
for a campuswide sabbatical program and agreed to begin a dialogue about how
such a program could be structured.
Harvey Seim, associate professor of marine sciences and
chair of the Faculty Research Committee, said most peer institutions had
regular sabbatical programs. He presented the idea as a way to help grow
Carolina’s research enterprise. The University has set as a priority generating
$1 billion in annual external funding by 2015.
“The committee thought a sabbatical
program could provide time to think, which could improve research
productivity,” he said.
The council also discussed amending the Faculty Code to
remove a provision passed in 2003 allowing faculty chairs to be elected to two
In response to a request from Faculty Chair Joe Templeton,
the Committee on University
Government consulted with Templeton and five previous faculty chairs as well as
faculty members and administrators.
The committee recommended reinstating the former provision,
which would limit the chair to a three-year term without eligibility for
reelection. A former chair could be elected again at a later time.
Five years ago, the committee favored the possibility of
back-to-back terms because that was consistent with other committees and could
ensure continuity, said Michael Lienesch, professor of political science and
“Besides, we assumed that no one would ever choose to serve
two consecutive terms,” he said.
The committee felt that the proposed change would encourage
broader faculty participation and allow for greater diversity of faculty
experience and views. It would also prevent a reelection advantage for
incumbents and be an optimal way for the faculty chair to be the chief advocate
for faculty priorities, Lienesch said.
Instituting the change would require calling a meeting of
the general faculty and reading the amendment twice before a vote could be
taken, said Joe Ferrell, secretary of the faculty.
EMPLOYEE FORUM NEWS:
UNC system explores greater flexibility in
The Employee Forum on Jan. 9 discussed the implications of a
draft proposal from a 21-member human resources task force that would give
universities in the UNC system greater flexibility to develop and manage
human resources programs.
The task force was composed of representatives from each of
the 16 campuses and included
chancellors, provosts, chief financial officers, human resource officers,
faculty and staff.
Charles T. “Chuck” Brink, a former
Employee Forum member who now represents
Carolina on the UNC system’s Staff Assembly,
made the presentation.
UNC President Erskine Bowles appointed the task force to
examine the application of the State Personnel Act to the UNC system, with the
ability of the UNC system to attract, reward and retain high-quality employees;
UNC system to better meet the needs of its employees; and
efficiency of the UNC
system personnel operations.
According to an executive summary of the draft report Brink
presented, the task force will recommend that the UNC system
request legislation granting it authority to create “substantially equivalent”
resource programs, subject to the approval of the Office of State Personnel and
the State Personnel Commission.
Forum Chair Ernie Patterson said this was a complex,
important issue and that forum members should try to understand the proposal’s
implications if it should go into effect. A key issue, he said, was to
understand precisely what “substantially equivalent” means.
Brink said the UNC system decided to seek greater
flexibility under the State Personnel Act after conducting an internal study in
2006–07 to determine the feasibility of creating a separate personnel
system for all UNC system campuses. That idea was ultimately rejected.
If Bowles signs off on the task force’s proposal, it could
be presented to the UNC Board of Governors in February. If approved by the BOG,
the idea would be forwarded for consideration in March to the N.C. General
Other action, information
In other action, the forum voted unanimously to approve a
resolution requesting that Chancellor James Moeser institute a moratorium on
any new outsourcing that would result in a reduction in force until formal
policies and guidelines are in place to address all legal and policy matters
In another matter, Jack Evans, executive
director of Carolina North, gave an
hour-long presentation on the project.
Evans reiterated that Carolina North would address the
University’s need for space now that the main campus is fully built. In
addition, he said, it will help strengthen the University’s research links with
the private sector.
Currently, Carolina ranks 97th in attracting private funds
to support research, he said. Carolina North will be a key to improving that
University officials had an informal
conversation with the Chapel Hill Town Council about Carolina North on Jan. 13
and made a formal presentation to the council at its
Jan. 23 meeting.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES NEWS:
BOT hears plans to address N.C. health needs
University administrators presented plans to address both
the health-care needs for the state’s growing population and the shortage of
health-care practitioners in North Carolina.
With UNC Hospitals beds already between
98 percent and 100 percent full, the current
capacity cannot keep pace with patients’ needs here in the fastest growing part
of the state, William L. Roper, dean of the School of
Medicine, vice chancellor for medical affairs and chief executive officer of
the UNC Health Care System, told the trustees last week.
“We are jammed full all the time,” he said. “We need to
A proposed expansion that would include a new 320-bed
patient bed tower and increased
research and academic facilities would cost $732 million, with $406.5 million
coming from UNC Hospitals, Roper said. The UNC Health Care System would ask the
state for the remaining $325.5 million. Around $200 million would go for
enhancements and $100 for changes to
academic facilities in Berryhill Hall.
In 2006, the North Carolina General
Assembly appropriated $3 million to the UNC Health Care System to fund a master
plan to address the needs of the health-care
system and medical school over the next
decade. Last week, University trustees
approved the design for the plan.
In conjunction with meeting patient-care needs in Chapel
Hill, Roper mentioned a
proposed expansion of medical school enrollment to address the state’s
physician shortage, particularly in rural and inner-city areas.
State and national medical organizations
predict a deficit of doctors by 2020. The four medical schools in North
around 440 medical students each year,
virtually the same number as 30 years ago.
By forming partnerships with regional
medical facilities in Asheville and Charlotte, administrators said, Carolina
could expand its medical school enrollment from 160 to 230 first-year students.
The school would phase in the additional 70 students beginning in 2009.
Under the proposal, all medical students would spend their
first two years at Carolina and their last two years at a regional campus
— 20 students in Asheville and 50 in Charlotte. All three campuses would
share a common
curriculum and educational approach and
consistent evaluation methods.
To put the expansion in perspective, East Carolina
University’s medical school graduates 70 students a year, Etta Pisano, vice dean
for academic affairs at Carolina’s medical school, told the trustees’
The expansion builds on the strong existing relationship
with AHEC, the Area Health Education Centers network across the state, she
Creating the regional educational programs also will require
funding: $40 million in recurring funds for additional faculty and staff and
$239 million in non-recurring funds for facilities construction and renovation
on the campuses.
Recurring funds needed will range from
$3.6 million in fiscal year 2009 to $40.2 million in fiscal year 2015 when all
three sites are at
Still, this price tag is less than the cost of building and
operating a new medical school, Pisano said.
The bottom line is, the state needs more doctors, she said.
“And if we don’t address this shortage, I’m not sure anyone will do it.”
BOARD OF TRUSTEES NEWS:
Trustees focus on grad student aid
University trustees are focusing on improving support for
graduate students to compete with peer campuses. They agree that will take
money, but are less sure about where it should come from.
After a lengthy discussion, board Chair Roger Perry asked
the administration to study the issue and come back with a report on possible
solutions including more competitive stipends for graduate teaching assistants.
The University Affairs Committee, chaired by Trustee Rusty
Carter, has devoted significant time to the challenges facing graduate
Carter in November suggested that the campus-based tuition
increases graduate and professional students will pay next year should be
earmarked to offer increased support to those students with stipends and
financial aid. Carter said the move could have a dramatic impact in one year.
Trustees did not act on his proposal.
Raising faculty salaries to competitive levels has been a
long-standing trustee priority for which the bulk of tuition revenues are used
after 35 percent are reserved for need-based financial aid.
Trustee John Ellison said top students were attracted to
UNC’s graduate and professional programs because of the financial package and
the quality and reputation of the programs, something that could be maintained
by attracting and keeping a great faculty.
The discussion followed an extensive report from Executive
Vice Chancellor and Provost Bernadette Gray Little and Holden Thorp, dean of
the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as Linda Dykstra, dean of the
In 2006–07, for example, $168.6 million was disbursed
to graduate students: $47.4 million from grant support; $42.7 million in loans
and work study; $19.8 million in teaching assistant stipends; $27.4 million in
research assistant/fellowship stipends; $16.2 million in tuition remissions;
$9.6 million in in-state tuition awards; and $5.3 million in health insurance
In research assistant stipends, Carolina did slightly better
in 2006–07 than its public peers. Carolina’s average nine-month stipend
was $17,388, compared to $17,100 for public peers.
Perry cautioned against viewing this slight advantage as
“fool’s gold” because each school or department competed for students within
its own subset of peer campuses.
Because each unit had its own set of recruitment
circumstances and challenges, Thorp said, arts and sciences department chairs
control spending the money they receive for graduate student support.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES NEWS:
Faculty salaries, research among top legislative priorities
The University’s target for faculty salaries is the 80th
percentile of peer institutions. To make more progress, Carolina is seeking
$16.6 million in the state’s 2008–09 expansion budget.
Chancellor James Moeser, in reviewing budget priorities with
the Board of Trustees last week, said competitive salaries remained critical to
UNC’s success. The $16.6 million request recognized the value that
administrators have placed in Carolina’s greatest asset — faculty, he
UNC’s budget request was forwarded to General Administration
earlier this month for consideration in the UNC Board of
Governors proposal for state legislators.
Carolina also sought $1 million in recurring funds as part
of a successful systemwide faculty retention fund that already had a major
impact on campus. Moeser said the strategic importance of these funds could not
The University asked for $2 million in recurring funds and
$4 million in non-recurring funds to expand the Distinguished Professorships
program, which leverages private gifts.
The three other legislative priorities fall under the
categories of research, engagement and capital.
The University sought $10 million for “commercialization gap
funding.” Moeser said the additional funds would close the gap between the
funded research and the licensing of intellectual property. Applied research is
usually not funded by traditional sources.
The $3 million request for graduate
student recruitment and retention recognizes the vital role that top graduate
students play in research, Moeser said. The money would support up to 150
Also important to the state is the North Carolina Research Campus
in Kannapolis, Moeser said. The University asked for $9.5 million in recurring
funds and $4.5 million in non-recurring funds. The money would fund faculty
salaries and benefits, support graduate students and create a core lab
Requests for capital projects include:
to supplement the $30 million
previously appropriated for a Dental Sciences Teaching and Learning Facility;
to go with the $8 million previously appropriated for the Biomedical Research
Imaging Facility; and
toward the first phase of
Carolina North including a facility to
potentially house the School of Law.
Under engagement, Carolina is seeking:
in recurring funds to
increase the number of K-12 science teachers and to partner with public schools
to support the professional development of teachers;
in recurring funds for the Area Health Education Centers Program to address the
shortage of health-care workers; to provide outreach support for indigent care;
to support medical school expansion through regional UNC medical campuses in
Asheville and Charlotte; and infectious disease funding to support global
health initiatives; and
$2 million in
recurring funds to expand the master of business administration degree
consulting assistance program, which would serve up to 75 N.C. companies a