Universities across the country are facing significant questions in response to changes in higher education – ranging from how it is funded to how it is delivered, Chancellor Linda P. Brady said in her 2012 State of the Campus Address.
The chancellor addressed four major questions – the start of a dialogue that will continue as UNCG prepares to create its next strategic plan, a process set to begin next fall.
- How do we enhance student success?
- How do we leverage technology to enhance access and learning outcomes?
- How do we respond to state and federal financing challenges?
- What’s the future of community engaged scholarship?
“Student success begins with enrollment, is measured by retention and graduation, and is defined at its core by how well our graduates are prepared for lives of accomplishment and meaning,” she said. She outlined a number of initiatives designed to enhance student success.
Brady said, “Our university has been adapting to a changing environment and redefining what it means to be a public university since the first day we opened our doors; today is no different. In times of challenge, we are neither complacent nor apprehensive. We take bold risks to expand access and provide a transformative experience for our students. It’s in our DNA. It’s what makes us UNCG.”
With UNCG’s renovated Quad residence halls set to open, Brady spoke about them, noting the debate several years ago: Build new residence halls on that land? Or renovate and preserve?
“After many months of research, debate and nearly a dozen public forums, we listened and we responded. We came together to do what was best for our students and for our university. Together, we preserved yesterday’s history for tomorrow’s students.”
Read the full text of the address at http://chancellor.uncg.edu/messages/fall_2012_state_of_the_campus.htm
By Mike Harris
Photograph by David Wilson