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Despite budget tightening, ‘a banner year’

The fall 2011 General Faculty Meeting and Faculty Convocation was held Sept. 21.

In his address, Provost David H. Perrin first addressed academic program review.

“We’ve made lots of changes to the process over the past months,” he said. He listed them on his PowerPoint slides – the full PowerPoint presentation can be viewed online.

He had two sessions over the summer with past and present chairs of Faculty Senate. “I asked for their help, their advice, their counsel.” Those were very helpful to him, he explained.

Unit-level program review will be conducted by the unit-level program review committees through Nov. 24. University-level program review will be conducted Dec. 5-March 1 by the University Program Review Committee. Their recommendations will be presented to Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and students during the first half of March 2012.

“We’ve had another record-breaking year in sponsored-research activity,” he said. “This is terrific.”

For the last fiscal year, UNCG received 247 awards for a total of $47,773,694.

He detailed the resulting benefits of this funding. He also said that the university has made the decision to reinstate Faculty Research Assignments for 2012-13.

The new STAMPS program (Science, Math and Technology Preparation Scholarships), which will support undergraduate and graduate study in STEM subjects, will see its first awards in the spring.

The university has made great strides in the area of internationalization, he said.

And he detailed many of the accolades our university and its people have received over the past months. [See full report in UNCG News.]

Every five years or so, UNCG’s institutional peer grouping is revised. We are a very different institution than we were five or seven years ago, Perrin explained. He listed the proposed institutional peers – six of the 18 on the proposed listing are currently listed as UNCG’s institutional peers.

In opening remarks, Chancellor Linda P. Brady provided updates on capital projects, such as the pedestrian underpass, new campus police building, phase one of the mixed-use village, and a new student recreation center.

The first faculty forum will be Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at 3 p.m. in the EUC Claxton Room. The topics will be “A Communication Enriched Curriculum: Time for a Change” and “UNCG Expansion Plans for a Lee Street Corridor – Mixed Use Village.”

By Mike Harris
Photo by Mike Harris