The following policies are effective February 5, 2018:

Course & Curriculum Change Policy

Student Catalog Year Policy

Undergraduate Majors, Minors, Double Majors and Simultaneous Degrees Policy

Online Sections and Online Programs Policy

These policies will be distributed to all department heads/chairs, program directors, and deans, and they will be shared with all academic advisors. The new and revised language helps the University to maintain compliance with regulations stated in the University Catalog as well as applicable UNC System policy.

The Dean of Health and Human Sciences Search Committee and the Provost recently held confidential in-person interviews with semi-finalists for the position. After thoughtful discussions, the search committee selected four finalists to visit campus.

I encourage you to participate in the interview process by attending the finalists’ open forums and receptions. The finalists will provide brief remarks on challenges and opportunities facing Schools of Health and Human Sciences followed by a question and answer session.

The open forums are scheduled as follows:

Candidate 1: Tuesday, February 6th 2:15-3:30pm in Ferguson Building, Room 100

Candidate 2: Thursday, February 8th 2:15-3:30pm in School of Education, Room 120

Candidate 3: Tuesday, February 13th 1:45-3:00pm in Ferguson Building, Room 100

Candidate 4: Thursday, February 15th 2:15-3:30pm in School of Education Building, Room 120

A brief reception will be held immediately after each open forum in the lobby area.

Finalists names and CVs will be made available 1-2 days before each visit. A video recording and survey information will also be posted after each open forum. All information can be accessed at:

Thank you in advance for your participation. I look forward to a successful conclusion to this important search.

The Office of the Provost and the University Libraries are joining together to support faculty interested in providing their students with a less expensive yet educationally rewarding alternative to expensive commercial textbooks.

The high cost of commercial textbooks (print and electronic) is a major concern for both students and their parents. The Open Education “Mini-Grants” Initiative, encourages instructors to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials; these can include open-access scholarly resources, library-licensed and owned resources, and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves.

Fifteen $1000 “mini-grants” will be available this spring. These modest yet significant sums are meant to offer an incentive for the time it will take you to identify new resources, adjust syllabi, and modify assignments and can also be used to cover any actual expenses you incur.

We invite you to engage in this transition through a competitive grant process.

If you are interested in applying for this initiative, please attend one of the Open Education Initiative information sessions to be held Feb 13th or 14th from noon to 1:00 pm in Jackson Library, Room 216. Please RSVP prior to the workshop or send any questions you have to Beth Bernhardt at

The deadline to apply for the “mini-grants” is March 9th. You can apply at

Thank you for your interest in pursuing non-traditional educational resources as an alternative to the traditional high-cost textbook.