UNCG Magazine

Empowering during pandemic

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How are students and professors faring, with the pandemic still a very serious concern? Campus life appears vibrant again. Students have been diligent about following current protocols – particularly wearing face coverings in the classroom. Faculty have returned to the classroom and there have been no reports of classroom transmission. University officials have made clear their commitment to transparency and to the principles laid out on the Shield Our Spartans web site. This informative web site, with a COVID-19 dashboard, keeps the campus community informed day-by-day. Periodic messages keep the campus updated as needed.

“Since its founding 130 years ago, UNCG has always been about access and excellence,” Chancellor Gilliam said. “All students had their academic life disrupted due to the pandemic.” Many of UNCG’s students – 51% of the new first-time students to be exact – are “first-generation.” Their parents did not graduate from college. And nearly half of our students are from families with limited means and qualify for federal aid. Our University’s integrated student success initiatives are laser focused on helping these students reach their potential and earn their degrees, the chancellor notes.

He adds that, as evidenced by US News & World Report’s third consecutive year of ranking UNCG no. 1 in the state for social mobility, our University is known for elevating individuals’ potential and moving people up the ladder. The new Light the Way campaign is designed to further empower the Spartan students’ success.

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