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More than 150 students take part in 2014 Undergraduate Research & Creativity Expo

UG Expo

Posted April 30, 2014

UNCG’s Eighth Annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo included 111 presentations by 158 students working with 84 faculty mentors representing 39 academic departments.

The Office of Undergraduate Research is now the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO). The name change promotes the disciplinary diversity of scholarship represented by the many academic departments at UNCG. In this spirit of inclusivity, the office has also added “and Creativity” to the Expo title.

National Undergraduate Research Week is April 14-18.

Professor Emeritus Terry Nile, of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received the first Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. Nile has mentored more than 200 undergraduate students during his career at UNCG and continues this tradition in retirement with nine students working by his side this year.

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UNCG now offering Peer Exploratory Coaching


Posted March 21, 2014

This spring, UNCG’s Students First Office launched the Peer Exploratory Coaching (PEC) program as part of the department’s ongoing efforts to foster a learner-centered experience for undergraduate success.

Designed to support Exploratory Majors and other students who are exploring major and minor options, the PEC program uses a team of graduate and undergraduate students trained to support undergraduates in their self, major and career exploration.

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UNCG named one of top in the country for graduation, retention rates

Retention Rates

Posted January 21, 2014

NC Greensboro is one of only a few Universities in the country to receive watchdog organization Education Trust's distinction of best practices in retaining and graduating students. The university founded the Students First office in the fall of 2011 to help students find a major and stay in school. It's working—retention of students with undeclared majors rose from 76 percent the year before the office opened, to 80 percent last year.

Those using Students First are even more likely to stay in school.

"Data from last academic year shows that undecided students that met with our office were retained at a 22 percent higher rate versus students who weren't meeting with us,” said Holly Hebard, the school's coordinator of academic outreach.

Students First's retention rate is 88 percent, a number that's making people take notice.

"We are one of eight schools in the nation who have been recognized for successfully retaining and graduating students, especially minority and low-income students,” Hebard said.

Hebard believes the office's approach to getting to know students makes the difference.

"We have a two-meeting model in our office. So, as opposed to a student coming in for only 15 or 20 minutes, we meet with them twice throughout the course of the semester for 45 minutes at a time,” she said.

"If I wasn't assigned to this office, I would have probably transferred," sophomore Shamira Azlan said.

When Azlan first came to UNCG, she had no idea what she wanted to major in. Thanks to extra help from her adviser in the Students First office, she now has a clear plan.

"I went to advising meetings and found classes that I liked. By my sophomore year, I found majors that fit my personality and where I want to go with my career,” Azlan said.

More than half the schools noted in the Education Trust report are southern colleges: Florida, Georgia State, Alabama, Virginia Commonwealth and UNCG.

The University of Southern California, San Diego State, and the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire rounded out the list.

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Students First Office aids in graduation, retention gains

Education Trust

Posted January 16, 2014

A just-released report from the watchdog organization Education Trust holds up UNCG as a role model for other universities working to improve graduation rates.

UNCG is one of only eight universities in the nation set apart by Education Trust for best practices in retaining and graduating students — especially minority and low-income students — in the report, “Learning from High-Performing and Fast-Gaining Institutions.”

UNCG’s six-year graduation rate for undergraduates has risen steadily, increasing from 50 percent in 2003-04 to 54 percent in 2012-13. Undecided majors advised by UNCG’s relatively new Students First Office had a retention rate 22 percent points higher than undeclared students who did not use Students First.

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Greensboro, UNCG commit to attainment goal, join national partnership

Lumina Foundations

Posted December 5, 2013

Lumina Foundation announced that Greensboro, N.C., will be among the first 20 cities in America to partner with Lumina in a mobilization effort designed to increase the number of local residents with postsecondary credentials. This collaborative effort will establish a community-wide attainment goal for Greensboro, High Point and all of Guilford County and support Guilford County partners in achieving that goal. Partners will have access to significant technical and planning assistance, data tools, flexible funding and guidance from a network of national thought leaders.

Greensboro’s project, Degrees Matter! , is a shared partnership of The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, United Way of Greater Greensboro and Opportunity Greensboro. “We are incredibly excited to be one of 20 pilot metro partners among Lumina Foundation’s Community Partnership for Attainment. Economic development is about more than physical resources but also about the brain power of our city, county and region,” said Steve Moore of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, who has helped launch Degrees Matter!

Greensboro was selected to join in this mobilization effort because of the work that Degrees Matter! is doing to improve postsecondary attainment rates. Through this effort, Greensboro will amplify existing momentum by partnering with Lumina – as well as other national and local groups – to develop an action plan to increase the percentage of local residents with high quality certificates, associate degrees and bachelor’s degrees.

Degrees Matter! was fostered as a community collaborative of UNCG’s Undergraduate Studies and the year-long Greensboro Works Task Force. The program connects lifelong learning to a thriving economy, across Guilford County. Local partners are building a movement to raise awareness of the importance of college degree completion and lifelong learning, especially for adults who already have some college experience; to promote, expand and improve services that support college completion for working adults, and to influence policies that promote college re-engagement and completion for all age groups but particularly for working-age adults.

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Great grades take lots more than good luck – but ‘it doesn’t hurt’

Great grades take lots more than good luck – but ‘it doesn’t hurt’

Posted November 19, 2013

The first big biology test was a bit of a shock. They’d known this wasn’t like high school, where they’d all made excellent grades. But still …

Hadn’t they left their good luck offerings at the Minerva statue to start the year? A dozen students in the Science & Medical Careers learning community at Grogan RC took part in the growing campus tradition at the statue in August. Campus Weekly wanted to know how things were going so far.

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FTLC highlights in late fall 2013

FTLC highlights in late fall 2013

Posted November 19, 2013

UNCG’s Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons continues to offer lots of opportunities to learn from and share with fellow faculty members, as the semester winds down. Some highlights:

• Team-Based Learning Workshop: Designing Group Work that Really Works and Getting Beyond Covering Content: A Key to Student Motivation and Success – Friday, Nov. 22, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m, Faculty Center.

• “Communication in the Disciplines: Beyond Manipulating Markers”- Undergraduate Pathways Learning Community gathering on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1-2:30 p.m., McIver 140.

• “Who are we, what holds us together, and what else do we need?” Wednesday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

• Book Discussion Group: “How Learning Works: 7 Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan Ambrose,” Fri., Dec. 6, 9-10 a.m, Faculty Center

• PowerUP Online Learning Hands-on Workshop, Monday, Dec. 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Stone 186.

• Workshop – Technology-Mediated Active Learning (TeMALe), Fri., Dec. 20, 9 a.m.-noon. Faculty Center.

• Mid-career Faculty Promotion and Tenure Panel, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, noon-1 p.m., McIver 140.

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Dr. Barbara Holland delivers the 2013 Future of Learning lecture

Barbara Holland

Posted September 10, 2013

Dr. Barbara Holland (International scholar and expert on community engagement in higher education) will deliver the 2013 Future of Learning lecture, co-sponsored by UNCG's Office of Undergraduate Studies and Institute for Community & Economic Engagement.

Her lecture on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 is titled "Determining UNCG's Destiny in the Context of Higher Education Change." The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the Alumni House. Chancellor Linda P. Brady will offer opening remarks. All are welcome.

Those with questions about the series may contact Steve Roberson (shrobers@uncg.edu), Michelle Soler (mlsoler@uncg.edu), or John Sopper (jrsopper@uncg.edu).

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UNCG leads nation in contributing to ‘public good’

Public Good

Posted September 9, 2013

UNCG ranks among the fewer than 300 American universities that contribute most to the public good, an honor the university has earned since 2006.

Washington Monthly’s National University Ranking 2013 list includes 284 universities, public, private and for-profit. UNCG ranked 88th overall, based on social mobility, student service and research.

UNCG stands out for recruiting and graduating low-income students and student service. The magazine ranks the university 10th in the nation for serving low-income students and 21st for student service.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady says she is proud of the continued recognition from Washington Monthly. “We don’t build physical or virtual walls around our campus and that is a point of pride for this university,” she says. “We elevate our students and empower them to reach their fullest potential, and that includes giving back to their communities.”

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News14: UNC Greensboro closing African-American graduation rate gap


Posted July 24, 2013

UNC Greensboro is one of the best in the country when it comes to graduation rates among African-American students.

That's according to a new report on equality in education. The school won high marks for closing the gap between white and black students.

More than a third of the students at UNC Greensboro are a minority.

"This campus is the most diverse in the UNC system. When You have that level of diversity..You don't feel as if you're isolated. You feel part of a community," Dean of Undergraduate Studies Steve Roberson said.

He said it is that sense of community that has helped UNCG's African-American students graduate at rates equal to or better than white students every year since 2002.

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Report: Steady College Enrollment Growth for Underrepresented Minorities


Posted July 24, 2013

Newly-released analysis of U.S. Education Department data shows that from 2009 to 2011, the rate at which Black and Latino students entered four-year colleges and universities considerably outpaced that of Whites, while six-year graduation rates for underrepresented minority students increased only slightly, according to the Washington-based Education Trust organization.

The Education Trust brief spotlights individual schools that are leading and lagging in closing the college completion gap. Among schools cited as leaders, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro saw graduation rates for Black students jump from 52.3 percent in 2010 to 60.1 percent in 2011. Since 2002, UNC-Greensboro has graduated Black students at comparable or higher rates than White students.

UNC-Greensboro officials credit the university’s efforts to cultivate inclusivity and a broad range of student support programs with enabling Black students to do well at the school.

“UNCG has a welcoming and inclusive spirit,” said Dr. Steve Roberson, UNCG’s dean of undergraduate studies. “That, to me, is really the only explanation that seems plausible. That atmosphere is self-authored by this university and by the communities themselves. It’s a grassroots explanation.”

School officials noted that the university programs that help students based on economic disadvantage serve a large cross-section of minority students by default. For example, the UNCG Guarantee program, which has been funded by an anonymous $6 million gift, has benefitted economically disadvantaged students, enabling them to graduate debt-free. In addition, school officials cite the campus’ federally-funded TRIO program as a model for other TRIO programs, which serve economically disadvantaged, first-generation college students or disabled.

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Healing the underserved


Posted July 19, 2013

A few months to live. That was the prognosis given to the parents of Juan Collazo, now a junior biology major at UNCG. Juan had severe deformities in his eyes, lips and fingers. His condition, known as Amniotic Band Syndrome, occurs when the fetus becomes entangled in string-like amniotic bands in the womb, restricting blood flow and affecting development.

It can occur in any pregnancy, to any family; but not every family has access to the care that will help them overcome it.

Such was the case for Juan and his family, who come from a small village in Mexico. His parents believed that with the proper care, Juan could not only live, but thrive. They left their family and their home behind and brought Juan to Duke Hospital. Two decades and 14 surgeries later, he is preparing to be the first in his family to graduate from college.

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"Degrees Matter for North Carolina's Future"
Guest column published in Triad Business Journal

Degrees Matter

Posted May 24, 2013

Jim Applegate and Steve Moore, Guest Column
May 24, 2013, Triad Business Journal

It’s May and that means students from across North Carolina are graduating from college. That’s good news. But unfortunately, not nearly enough people are completing degrees to keep pace with our future work force needs. That reality puts our regional and local economies at risk and it requires employers, higher education institutions, policymakers, civic leaders and others to work together on addressing our talent gap.

Currently, only 37 percent of North Carolinians hold at least an associate degree. And while students who are turning their tassels this month will add to those numbers, the state is still far behind where it needs to be. A study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce found that 59 percent of jobs in North Carolina will require a college credential by 2018.

The difference between where North Carolina is and where it needs to be is troubling, and the need for talent is only getting bigger. In January, a scan of classified ads from around the state revealed more than 1,500 job openings in the fields of engineering, health care and information technology alone. Today, the number of open jobs in those fields has increased to more than 1,850. And employers are bemoaning the fact that they can’t find enough skilled workers to meet their needs.

One group that holds tremendous promise in helping us close the talent gap is adult learners who started college but never finished. There are currently more than 1.2 million adults (roughly 23 percent of the adult population) in North Carolina who have earned credits but don’t have enough to graduate.

Many are just a few credit hours short of completion, and we are working to find them and help them complete what they started. We want to connect returning adult students to clear educational and career pathways that align with strategic industry clusters. And if we can do that for just 20 percent of this population, we can add 240,000 degree holders across the state.

Those additional degrees could have a significant impact on our regional and local economies. According to the CEOs for Cities Talent Dividend Report, 58 percent of a city’s economic success can be linked to one key indicator, the rate of degree attainment in that city. And the same report also says that for each percentage point increase in degree attainment (associate degree or higher), a city can expect an annual $856 per capita increase.

Those statistics are powerful, and our hope is that they will serve as a catalyst for broader collaboration around addressing our attainment gap. Employers can help by engaging and guiding their adult workers who are interested in re-enrolling. Policymakers can help by promoting policies that encourage (and financially support) lifelong learning and increased degree attainment. Community funders can help by making additional resources available for these efforts. And institutions can play a key role by uncovering new ways to serve adult learners as they return to college.

Together, we can better connect lifelong learning to a thriving economy by increasing the percentage of residents with high-quality degrees and advanced competencies. The time to act is now, and we look forward to joining forces with other interested parties as we push to build a bridge that takes us from the talent gap of today to a 21st century work force that has the skills the future will demand.

Jim Applegate is vice president of strategic impact for the Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation.
Steve Moore is the director of transfer and adult student academic success at UNC-Greensboro.

Times editor shows students where hard work, curiosity can lead

NY Times

Posted Feb 27, 2013

The New York Times foreign editor did not start out in journalism – had never written for student newspapers, etc. “I’d never written an article in my life till grad school,” Greg Winter told the UNCG audience at his Feb. 19 evening talk.

All along, he drew on his interests, his background – and what he’d learned in each part of his education and career.

And that was a big part of his message to the UNCG students attending the talk. You can’t really predict what will happen, he said. One example? There was a time when attending law school was a very safe bet; not now. Another example? When he was in grad school in 2000, few foresaw to what extent the internet would change the world of journalism.

He is now foreign editor at the New York Times. He listed and explained many critical international stories they’ve covered. “I never imagined I would be doing this,” he said.

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UNCG Documents Improved Student Persistence with Starfish Retention Solutions

UNCG Starfish

Posted Feb 22, 2013

Starfish Retention Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of student success systems, today announced a number of improved student persistence results that have been documented by its client institutions. While institutions adopt the Starfish platform for a variety of reasons, student persistence rates are important metrics and tangible indications of a student success program’s effect.

“The University of North Carolina at Greensboro monitors enrollment data very closely to see how the institution is performing and where improvements can be made,” said Holly Hebard, coordinator of academic outreach at UNCG. “After adopting the Starfish platform as part of our student success and retention initiatives, we are seeing valuable gains in our student persistence metrics, particularly in the number of students who are eligible to continue their enrollment and the number of students who actually do reenroll at the institution.”

The four-year public institution has implemented a strategy to provide early intervention to students, enhance communication between faculty and students, enable easier access to advisors, and guide students to tutoring and other academic support resources. The institution has reported that of the students who were flagged by the Starfish system in Fall 2011, 97.6% were eligible to continue their enrollment the following term (Spring 2012), and 84.4% did continue their enrollment at the institution.

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Special Support Services - Visions of Success: Keylin Rivera

UNCG Starfish

Posted Feb 18, 2013

Keylin Rivera is a senior at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro studying Political Science and Spanish. She is an active member of AmeriCorps ACCESS and is a current North Carolina delegate, representing the 13th district for the Democratic National Party. After graduation in May 2013, Keylin plans on continuing her civic engagement by focusing on her work with the Latino community.

When we asked what makes her a successful student, Keylin shared her Success Story about her own accomplishments, and how Student Support Services played a part.

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Ramsey lecture will explore culture of learning

Ramsay lecture will explore culture of learning

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Dr. Bennett Ramsey, an associate professor of religious studies at UNCG and senior faculty fellow in the Warren Ashby Residential College, will be the featured speaker at the 2013 Undergraduate Studies Future of Learning Lecture at 7 p.m., Monday, February 11.

“We are on the forefront,” says Laura Pipe, director of learning communities. “The size of our program and our chancellor’s commitment to learning communities is bigger than other institutions.”

The lecture, “After Learning: Education on a Hot Planet,” is open to civic, business and educational leaders as well as others in the Triad who are concerned with the role of higher education in responding to the significant changes in society and economics arising from forces such as global competition, environmental constraints and slower growth.

The free event will be held in the Elliott University Center auditorium and refreshments will follow. Free parking is available in UNCG’s Walker Parking Deck.

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UNCG embraces Learning Communities

UNCG embraces Learning Communities

Posted Dec 14, 2012

UNCG is investing in learning communities. And administrators say that investment is paying off for both students and the university.

“We are on the forefront,” says Laura Pipe, director of learning communities. “The size of our program and our chancellor’s commitment to learning communities is bigger than other institutions.”

As a result, UNCG is getting national attention. Universities like Rutgers have called Pipe to pick her brain. She is also working with Western Carolina University to launch a web magazine and establish a statewide learning community listserv.

Learning communities grew out of an earlier push toward the Residential College (RC) model that took place in the 1920s. UNCG’s Ashby Residential College began in 1970 and is now the oldest residential college in North Carolina. The university’s Strong and Grogan residential colleges followed in 1994 and 1997.

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Undergraduate Studies receives $1.8 million grant

Undergraduate Studies receives $1.8 million grant

Posted October 17, 2012

Steve Roberson, UNCG’s dean of undergraduate studies, tags his emails with one line: If it’s not likely to be transformative, don’t bother.

So Roberson’s thrilled about a new five-year, $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education he says will transform the way the university serves its students and the greater community. He plans to implement UNCG’s initiative, “Intentional Futures – Learning to Learn,” immediately.

“This grant is going to allow us to make a huge difference in the lives of a lot of students,” he says. “It’s also about the university being a good citizen of North Carolina, reaching out and doing the work of good citizenship. It’s all about outreach to students, to the community, to the region, to the state.”

“Intentional Futures” will be funded by a Title III grant that amounts to about $400,000 a year for the next five years. After that, the university will have to seek funds from other sources.

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For all those who teach: ‘Faculty Center Takeover’ Nov. 1

For all those who teach: ‘Faculty Center Takeover’ Nov. 1

Posted October 16, 2012

The Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons assumed stewardship of the Faculty Center a month ago. The FTLC looks forward to working with faculty and staff in envisioning the best uses for this building to serve the campus community.

It is available for presentations, lectures or small gatherings of up to 49 people. Built in 1948 as a soda shop, the open interior has a great atmosphere for convening for programming or to simply meet a colleague for a cup of coffee, discuss the latest successes in the classroom, talk about the latest news from campus or have a quiet spot away from the office for some deep thinking.

The space allows for a wide range of uses, from lecture format to small group meetings to a larger meeting.

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Classes leverage New York Times materials

Classes leverage New York Times materials

Posted October 9, 2012

UNCG has leveraged “The New York Times in the First Year” program to help broaden students’ perspectives and develop critical thinking. Some classes use news stories to promote discussions related to topics such as global issues, leadership, civic engagement, diversity, ethics and global issues.

In Spring 2011, Dean Steve Roberson learned that the program was to be piloted nationally, and last year UNCG was one of nine universities to take part in the pilot. UNCG was the only such university in North Carolina selected to take part – and the only one without a journalism school/program.

Last year at UNCG, mostly Foundation for Learning courses and Living-Learning Community classes took part during the pilot. This year, the numbers have expanded. About 20 additional faculty members have asked to be a part.

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Lilly Conference on ‘Evidence-Based Learning and Teaching’

Lilly Conference on ‘Evidence-Based Learning and Teaching’

Posted October 9, 2012

The UNCG Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons will host the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching at Greensboro for the 9th year. Last year, over 500 individuals attended the conference representing 70 different institutions.

The 2013 conference theme is “Evidence-Based Learning and Teaching.: This theme reflects the philosophy that our approaches to teaching and learning should be based on scholarly activity. As disciplinary approaches use scholarly work to investigate and advance knowledge, pedagogical innovation should also advance by building on the work of others.

Featured tracks include: Advancing Active Learning, Teaching Well with Technology, Engaging and Motivating Students, Promoting Diversity, Service/Experiential Learning, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Faculty Development.

The 2013 Conference will be held Feb. 15-17, 2013 at the Koury Convention Center. Additional information is available at http://lilly.uncg.edu

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Speaking Center Featured in The Greensboro Voice

Speaking Center works with IRC

Posted August 20, 2012

The University Speaking Center's work at the Interactive Resource Center was featured in the August 2012 issue of the The Greensboro Voice.

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3 appointments in Undergraduate Studies

Faculty Appointments

Posted August 7, 2012

Three faculty members have accepted appointments in Undergraduate Studies: Dr. Patrick Lee Lucas as Executive Director of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons, Dr. Jan Rychtar as Interim Director of Undergraduate Research, and Dr. Ben Ramsey as Senior Fellow in Ashby Residential College.

Lucas is an associate professor in Interior Architecture. He assumed his duties in FTLC on July 1. He has already begun extensive conversations with colleagues across campus regarding transformative new directions for the Faculty Commons.

Rychtar, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has assumed the Interim Directorship of the Office of Undergraduate Research for a one-year period, starting Aug. 1.

Ramsey is an associate professor in Religious Studies. He will assume a planning role in the fall while he continues his work in Religious Studies, with the full-time commitment to begin Jan. 1, 2013.

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Students learn valuable lessons exploring the Underground Railroad

Guarantee Scholars

Posted June 12, 2012

A group of University of North Carolina at Greensboro students are sharing their experiences of traveling the underground railroad. The students left back in May to follow the path that Harriet Tubman used to lead so many people to freedom on. It was an eye opening experience for the students.

It was more than a class or a study abroad trip for Savannah Tester. She said following Harriet Tubman's Underground Railroad changed her.

"I come from a very small town, a racist town. I actually know three or four people who are involved in the KKK," UNCG Junior Savannah Tester said. "The class was absolutely mind-blowing, I've never taken a class that actually made me question my foundation."

Teachers said that's exactly what they hoped this class would do.

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Speaking Center offers coaching before public hearings

Speaking Center

Posted May 30, 2012

As part of a ongoing communication activism initiative, volunteers from the University Speaking Center will be available from 5:30-7 p.m. outside the Greensboro City Council chambers during council meetings this summer.

The volunteers, who are trained communication consultants, will offer consultations to anyone wishing to address their elected officials.

The coaching will be available Tuesdays, June 5, 19 and 26; July 17 and August 6.

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Guarantee Scholars Follow Freedom's Railroad

Guarantee Scholars

Posted May 18, 2012

On May 20, ten UNCG Guarantee scholars travel back in time to pre-Civil War America. Their objective? Follow Harriet Tubman's historic Underground Railroad.

Their journey will take them to locations across the US and across the Canadian border as they track a runaway slave's risky route to freedom. The trip is part of a specialized summer class that connects the Underground Railroad to present-day issues of social justice and immigration.

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Student Success Center earns ATP Tutoring Program Award of Excellence

ATP Tutoring

Posted April 13, 2012

The Association for the Tutoring Profession Awards Committee is pleased to award the Student Success Center of the University of North Carolina Greensboro the ATP Tutor Program Award of Excellence.

The Student Success Center is comprised of the Learning Assistance Center (2000), Special Support Services (1970), the Satisfactory Academic Progress/Student Study Program (2010), and the Supplemental Instruction Program. The four programs employ approximately 220 tutors, 15 SI leaders, four graduate assistants/interns, two student success assistants, and 12 full-time staff.

The Center's mission is to provide the support students need to obtain their undergraduate degree and become lifelong learners through tutoring, counseling, peer assisted study groups, academic skill development, workshops, and computer instruction. During the 2010-2011 academic year, the Center logged almost 30,000 service hours and served over 4,000 students. THe center partners with faculty, staff, and administrators.

The Student Success Center director is Mr. John Foreman and the associate director is Dr. Geoffrey Bailey. The program was nominated for this award by the Learning Assistance Center's Coordinator for Tutoring Services, Shawn O'Neil.

An Interview with the University Speaking Center

Speaking Center

Posted April 13, 2012

University Speaking Center consultant Shannon Hall was interviewed by Johnathan Waye in the March 20-26, 2012 issue of the UNCG newspaper, The Carolinian.

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Dr. Mary Crowe to serve as CUR President-elect for 2011-2012

Dr. Mary Crowe

Posted March 30, 2012

Dr. Mary Crowe, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has been elected to serve as the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) President-elect for the 2011-2012 year. CUR, with its 600 institutional members and more than 6500 individual members, supports faculty development for high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship

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First Year Task Force solicits Student Feedback

First Year Task Force

Posted December 6, 2011

When a first year student loves what you did for them, that encounter just might get a good review. And if they found the interaction less than stellar? Their letting someone know can help the university know where to improve. The "Spartan Scale" allows 53 first year students to give a grade to their interactions and experiences on campus. When something is perceived as problematic to a student, they can text and alert the task force to it.

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Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching

Lilly Conference

Posted October 3, 2011

The University Teaching & Learning Center will host the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching at Greensboro for the eighth year. Last year, more than 500 individuals attended the conference representing 70 different institutions. The 2012 conference theme is "Teaching for Brain-Based Learning." This theme reflects the philosophy that our approaches to teaching and learning should be based on scholarly activity.

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Have 10 years passed already?


Posted October 3, 2011

UNCG is starting its reaccreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and some changes have been introduced to the process. One area has been simplified; there are fewer than 100 principles to be addressed with the SACS three Ps – policies, procedures and proof. A decade ago there were almost 500 criteria that required responses. This effort will be headed by Dr. Rebecca G. Adams, associate provost for planning and assessment.

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UNCG goes green with first ever sustainable dorm and classroom facility

Jefferson Suites

Posted September 24, 2011

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro's campus footprint is growing but its carbon footprint is shrinking. On Friday, Chancellor Linda Brady joined students and faculty in dedicating the school's first ever green residence hall. However, the facility is doing more than just saving energy, it's also preparing students for a career in sustainable entrepreneurship. In nearly every room of Jefferson Suites you'll find something "green."

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Helping hand

Helping Hand

Posted September 22, 2011

Danielle Cameron '14 wants her life to be about reaching out. Two years ago, she was the one who needed a hand. Asking for help isn't always easy, especially for someone whose passion is helping others.That someone is Danielle Cameron '14, a UNCG sophomore majoring in Business Administration at the Bryan School of Business and Economics. Danielle is navigating her college experience with an open mind about what she might specialize in during graduate school and her career.

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UNCG Guarantee recognized for supporting students

UNCG Guarantee

Posted September 1, 2011

UNCG is recognized nationally for "beating the odds" in helping students most prone to dropping out of college stay on track toward graduation. In a new national report published by HCM Strategists, a Washington, D.C., public policy advocacy firm, the UNCG Guarantee is profiled along with initiatives at more than 30 other postsecondary institutions to improve college completion rates and prepare students for successful careers.

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