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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Faculty Council establishes ad hoc committee on Confederate Monument

Faculty Council voted Jan. 11 to establish a faculty committee to “be included by the university administration in all planning for the disposition of the [Confederate Monument] and related actions or developments.”

The ad hoc committee will consist of between seven and 15 members, to be selected by Chair Leslie Parise in the next week. The move comes as a follow-up to the group’s December resolution to implement a plan for the disposition of the Confederate Monument. That resolution called for a faculty committee to “represent the diverse expertise and concerns of faculty in matters pertinent to the history and impacts of the statue.”

At the Dec. 14 meeting of the UNC System Board of Governors, BOG Chairman Harry Smith appointed a task force of five BOG members to work with the University to come up with a new proposal by March 15. 

The BOG has not provided the University with any further information on the process, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert A. Blouin said in his remarks to the faculty Friday.

“The task force is charged by the Board of Governors, and UNC–Chapel Hill — at least, as of this moment — it has not been identified exactly what our role is in this task force,” Blouin said. “As of right now, we do not have formal standing on the task force.”

In other action, sociology professor and chair of the curriculum coordinating committee Andrew J. Perrin updated Faculty Council on the revision of the general education curriculum. The proposed Ideas in Action curriculum focuses on students’ first-year experience, with emphasis on first-year seminars, English composition and a new interdisciplinary course called Ideas, Information and Inquiry. 

The new curriculum should be in place for the 2019 fall semester. Perrin will update Faculty Council again Feb. 8 and will present the curriculum for approval March 8.

Faculty Council members also got an update on the Campus Master Plan from Evan Yassky, executive director of facilities planning and design. The plan, guided by The Blueprint for Next, the University’s strategic framework, improves the campus visitor experience and connections across campus and creates mixed-use hubs with more work-place amenities.