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THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City
State University, Fayetteville State University, North
In North Carolina, all the public educational Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University,
institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees are part North Carolina Central University, the North Carolina
of the University of North Carolina (UNC). The multi- School of the Arts (now the University of North
campus state university encompasses 16 such Carolina School of the Arts), Pembroke State
institutions, as well as the NC School of Science and University (now the University of North Carolina at
Mathematics, the nation’s first public residential Pembroke), Western Carolina University, and
high school for gifted students. Chartered by the Winston-Salem State University. In 1985, the NC
North Carolina General Assembly in 1789, the School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) was
University of North Carolina was the first public declared an affiliated school of the University; in July
university in the United States to open its doors and 2007, NCSSM by legislative action became a
the only one to graduate students in the eighteenth constituent institution of the University of North
century. The first class was admitted in Chapel Hill Carolina. All the schools and universities welcome
in 1795. For the next 136 years, the only campus of students of both sexes and all races.
the University of North Carolina was at Chapel Hill.
The UNC Board of Governors is the policy-making
Additional institutions of higher education, diverse in body legally charged with "the general determination,
origin and purpose, began to win sponsorship from control, supervision, management, and governance of
the General Assembly beginning as early as 1877. all affairs of the constituent institutions." It elects
Five were historically black institutions, and another the president, who administers the University. The
was founded to educate American Indians. Some 32 voting members of the Board of Governors are
began as high schools. Several were created to elected by the General Assembly for four-year terms.
prepare teachers for the public schools. Others had Former board chairmen and board members who are
a technological emphasis. One is a training school former governors of North Carolina may continue to
for performing artists. serve for limited periods as non-voting members
emeriti. The president of the UNC Association of
The 1931 session of the General Assembly redefined Student Governments or that student's designee is
the University of North Carolina to include three also a non-voting member.
state-supported institutions: the campus at Chapel
Hill (now the University of North Carolina at Chapel Each of the UNC campuses is headed by a
Hill), North Carolina State College (now North chancellor who is chosen by the Board of Governors
Carolina State University at Raleigh), and Woman's on the president's nomination and is responsible to
College (now the University of North Carolina at the president. Each university has a board of
Greensboro). The new multi-campus University trustees consisting of eight members elected by the
operated with one board of trustees and one Board of Governors, four appointed by the governor,
president. By 1969, three additional campuses had and the president of the student body, who serves ex
joined the University through legislative action: the officio. (The UNC School of the Arts has two
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the additional ex officio members; and the NC School of
University of North Carolina at Asheville, and the Science and Mathematics has a 27-member board as
University of North Carolina at Wilmington. required by law.) Each board of trustees holds
extensive powers over academic and other operations
In 1971, legislation was passed bringing into the of its campus on delegation from the Board of
University of North Carolina the state's ten remaining Governors.
public senior institutions, each of which had until
then been legally separate: Appalachian State
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In addition to its teaching role, the University of Three years later, the North Carolina legislature
North Carolina has a long-standing commitment to approved bills making Charlotte College a four-year,
public service. The UNC Center for Public state-supported college. The next year, 1965, the
Television, the UNC Health Care System, the legislature approved bills creating the University of
cooperative extension and research services, nine North Carolina at Charlotte, the fourth campus of the
area health education centers, and myriad other statewide university system. In 1969, the university
University programs and facilities reap social and began offering programs leading to master’s degrees.
economic benefits for the state and its people. In 1992, it was authorized to offer programs leading
to doctoral degrees.
THE UNIVERSITY OF Today, with an enrollment ranking it fourth among
NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE the 17 schools in the UNC system, it is the largest
public university in the greater Charlotte metropolitan
UNC Charlotte is one of a generation of universities region. A doctoral institution, UNC Charlotte serves
founded in metropolitan areas of the United States the region through applied research, knowledge
immediately after World War II in response to rising transfer and engaged community service.
education demands generated by the war and its
technology. More than 900 full-time teaching faculty comprise
the University’s academic departments, and the
To serve returning veterans, North Carolina opened 2010 fall enrollment exceeded 25,000 students,
14 evening college centers in communities across including 5,300 graduate students.
the state. The Charlotte Center opened Sept. 23,
1946, offering evening classes to 278 freshmen and
sophomore students in the facilities of Charlotte’s MISSION STATEMENT OF UNC CHARLOTTE
Central High School. After three years, the state Approved by the Board of Governors on November 20, 2009.
closed the centers, declaring that on-campus
facilities were sufficient to meet the needs of UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research
returning veterans and recent high school graduates. university. It leverages its location in the state’s
largest city to offer internationally competitive
Charlotte’s education and business leaders, long programs of research and creative activity, exemplary
aware of the area’s unmet needs for higher undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs,
education, moved to and a focused set of community engagement
have the Charlotte initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular
Center taken over by commitment to addressing the cultural, economic,
the city school educational, environmental, health, and social needs
district and of the greater Charlotte region.
Charlotte College, In fulfilling this mission, we value:
offering the first two
years of college • Accessible and affordable quality education that
courses. Later the equips students with intellectual and
same leaders asked professional skills, ethical principles, and an
Charlotte voters to international perspective.
approve a two-cent
tax to support that • A strong foundation in liberal arts and
college. opportunities for experiential education to
enhance students’ personal and professional
Charlotte College drew students from the city, growth.
Mecklenburg County and from a dozen surrounding
counties. The two-cent tax was later extended to all • A robust intellectual environment that values
of Mecklenburg County. Ultimately financial support social and cultural diversity, free expression,
for the college became a responsibility of the State of collegiality, integrity, and mutual respect.
• A safe, diverse, team-oriented, ethically
As soon as Charlotte College was firmly established, responsible, and respectful workplace
efforts were launched to give it a campus of its own. environment that develops the professional
With the backing of Charlotte business leaders and capacities of our faculty and staff.
legislators from Mecklenburg and surrounding
counties, land was acquired on the northern fringe of To achieve a leadership position in higher education,
the city and bonds were passed to finance new we will:
facilities. In 1961, Charlotte College moved its
growing student body into two new buildings on what • Implement our Academic Plan and related
was to become a 1,000-acre campus 10 miles from administrative plans.
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• Rigorously assess our progress using benchmarks Departments of Counseling; Educational Leadership;
appropriate to the goals articulated by our Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education; Reading
programs and in our plans. and Elementary Education; and Special Education
and Child Development.
• Serve as faithful stewards of the public and
private resources entrusted to us and provide THE WILLIAM STATES LEE COLLEGE OF
effective and efficient administrative services ENGINEERING
that exceed the expectations of our diverse Includes the Departments of Civil and Environmental
constituencies. Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science,
• Create meaningful collaborations among and Engineering Technology, as well as a program in
university, business, and community leaders to Systems Engineering and Engineering Management.
address issues and opportunities of the region. From the bachelor’s to the doctoral level, College of
Engineering students participate in experiential,
• Develop an infrastructure that makes learning hands-on projects; learning to visualize, design,
accessible to those on campus and in our create, build, and apply.
community and supports the scholarly activities
of the faculty. COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
home to bachelor’s degrees in Athletic Training,
• Pursue opportunities to enhance personal Exercise Science, Nursing, Public Health Sciences,
wellness through artistic, athletic, or recreational and Social Work, as well as several master’s degree
activities. programs and a doctoral program in Health Services
• Operate an attractive, environmentally
responsible and sustainable campus integrated COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES
with the retail and residential neighborhoods that The oldest and largest college within the University.
surround us. It serves half the undergraduate majors with a host of
programs in the humanities, physical sciences, and
THE COLLEGES WITHIN UNC CHARLOTTE
UNC Charlotte’s largest academic units are its UNIVERSITY STRUCTURE
colleges. Each consists of smaller units called
schools, departments, or programs. UNC Charlotte is organized into four administrative
divisions: Academic Affairs, Business Affairs,
COLLEGE OF ARTS + ARCHITECTURE Student Affairs, and University Advancement. These
Includes the School of Architecture and the divisions, as well as Athletics, Legal Affairs, and
Departments of Art and Art History, Dance, Music, Internal Audit, all report to the Chancellor.
and Theatre. The College also offers a variety of
master’s programs. ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
The Division of Academic Affairs includes Academic
THE BELK COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Services; Enrollment Management; Information and
Offers business education programs in a variety of Technology Services; International Programs; Library;
disciplines in one of the country’s fastest-growing Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic
cities and one of the most exciting financial services Programs; Research and Federal Relations; The
centers in the world. With more than 2500 Graduate School; University College; and seven
undergraduate students and 500 graduate students, discipline-based colleges: the Colleges of Arts +
the Belk College is one of the largest business Architecture, Business, Computing and Informatics,
programs in the Carolinas. Education, Engineering, Health and Human Services,
and Liberal Arts and Sciences.
COLLEGE OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATICS
Provides academic programs in Computer Science, BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Software and Information Systems, Information The Division of Business Affairs includes Business
Technology, and Bioinformatics. It is also the home Services; Environmental Health and Safety Office,
to leading research centers and institutes, including Facilities Management; Financial Services; Human
the Cyber Defense and Network Assurability Resources; Policy and Public Safety; Risk
(CyberDNA) Center, the Bioinformatics Research Management, Safety, and Security; and Systems
Center, the Charlotte Visualization Center, the Development.
Diversity in Information Technology Institute, the
eBusiness Technology Institute, and the Software STUDENT AFFAIRS
Solutions Lab. The Division of Student Affairs includes departments
and services which assist students through every
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION aspect of their education, as well as providing social
It has almost 3,000 undergraduate and graduate opportunities. Included are offices and services such
students. Its academic departments include the as the Counseling Center, Dean of Students, Housing
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and Residence Life, Recreational Services, Student of disabled workers, veterans (including veterans of
Activities, Student Health Center, and the Student the Vietnam Era), individuals who qualify and wish to
Union. benefit from the Affirmative Action Plan are invited
and encouraged to identify themselves. This
UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT information is provided voluntarily, and refusal of
The Division of University Advancement includes employees to identify themselves as veterans or
Broadcast Communications, Public Relations, and disabled persons will not subject them to discharge
Marketing, which serve as UNC Charlotte's primary or disciplinary action. Unless otherwise required by
contact with members of the news media and law, the information obtained will be kept
external audiences. They are responsible for confidential in the manner required by law, except
communicating information that promotes the that supervisors and managers may be informed
people, programs, news, and events of UNC about restrictions on the work or duties of disabled
Charlotte. Marketing is also responsible for persons and about necessary accommodations.
implementing an integrated communications and
marketing plan for the University, including the DISCRIMINATORY PERSONAL CONDUCT
University website. Additionally, this division The University seeks to promote a fair, humane, and
includes the Offices of Alumni Affairs, Community respectful environment for its faculty, staff, and
Affairs, Constituent Relations, and University students. To that end, University policy explicitly
Development. Today, UNC Charlotte boasts more prohibits sexual harassment, racial harassment, and
than 80,000 living alumni and adds 4,500 to 5,000 all other personal conduct which inappropriately
new alumni each year. asserts that sex, race, color, ethnicity, sexual
orientation, religion, veteran status, disability, age, or
ancestry are relevant to consideration of individual
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY worth or individual performance. The same policies
AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION provide procedures for the informal or formal
resolution of instances where such behavior is
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte suspected or alleged. The policies have received
recognizes a moral, economic, and legal wide distribution and are available for inspection in
responsibility to ensure equal employment all administrative offices on campus as well as online
opportunity for all persons, regardless of race, color, at legal.uncc.edu/policies/nondiscrim.html.
religion, gender (except when gender is a bona fide
occupational qualification), sexual orientation, age,
national origin, physical or mental disability (except ACCREDITATION
when making accommodations for physical or mental
disabilities would impose undue hardship on the • UNC Charlotte is accredited by the Commission
conduct of University business), or veteran status. on Colleges of the Southern Association of
This policy is a fundamental necessity for the Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate,
continued growth and development of this University. master’s, and doctorate degrees. Contact the
Nondiscriminatory consideration shall be afforded Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane,
applicants and employees in all employment actions Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-
including recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, 4500 for questions about the accreditation of
placement, transfer, layoff, leave of absence, and UNC Charlotte. The Commission is to be
termination. All personnel actions pertaining to contacted only if there is evidence that appears
either academic or nonacademic positions to include to support an institution’s significant non-
such matters as compensation, benefits, transfers, compliance with a requirement or standard.
layoffs, return from layoffs, University-sponsored
training, education, tuition assistance, and social • The Bachelor of Architecture and Master of
and recreational programs shall be administered Architecture are accredited professional degree
according to the same principles of equal programs as recognized by the National
opportunity. Promotion and advancement decisions Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
shall be made in accordance with the principles of
equal opportunity, and the University shall, as a • The Department of Chemistry is on the approval
general policy, attempt to fill existing position list of the American Chemical Society.
vacancies from qualified persons already employed
by the University. Outside applicants may be • The Master of Public Administration program is
considered concurrently at the discretion of the accredited by the National Association of
selecting official. The University has established Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
reporting and monitoring systems to ensure (NASPAA).
adherence to this policy of nondiscrimination.
• The Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION Work programs are accredited by the Council on
Our philosophy concerning equal employment Social Work Education (CSWE).
opportunity is affirmed and promoted in the
University's Affirmative Action Plan. To facilitate • The programs in business and accounting are
UNC Charlotte's affirmative action efforts on behalf accredited by AACSB International - The
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Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of off WT Harris Boulevard on NC 49 near its
Business. intersection with US 29,
and only eight miles from
• The University’s professional education programs the interchange of
for BK-12 teachers, counselors, and Interstates 85 and 77.
administrators are approved by the North Campus facilities are
Carolina Department of Public Instruction comprised of contemporary
(NCDPI) and accredited by the National Council buildings, including many
for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). constructed in the past ten
years and more on the way.
• Counseling programs in Counselor Education are In addition to classrooms
accredited by the Council for Accreditation of and well-equipped
Counseling and Related Educational Programs laboratories, the University
(CACREP). offers arts and athletic
facilities, dining facilities,
• The civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical and residence
engineering programs are accredited by the accommodations. The campus is designed for the
Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; pedestrian, and facilities are generally accessible to
and the civil, electrical, and mechanical students with disabilities.
engineering technology programs are accredited
by the Technology Accreditation Commission of CENTER CITY
ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, The University also has a substantial presence in
Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone: (410) Charlotte Center City, as it offers select upper-
347-7700. division undergraduate and graduate courses and a
variety of continuing personal and professional
• The Nursing programs are accredited by the development programs at its UNC Charlotte Uptown
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education location. Classes are scheduled for the convenience
(CCNE) and the BSN program is approved by the of persons employed in or living near the central
North Carolina Board of Nursing. The Nursing business core of the city.
Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council
on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Beginning in the fall of 2011, students in UNC
Educational Programs (COA). Charlotte’s MBA program and other graduate
programs will be
• The Bachelor of Athletic Training program is attending classes in an
accredited by the Commission on Accreditation iconic 12-story
of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through addition to downtown
October 2018. Both the Bachelor of Science in Charlotte’s skyline. A
Exercise Science program and the Master of major new Center City
Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology are Classroom Building in
accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Uptown Charlotte was
of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) constructed on the
through January 2014. corner of Brevard and
Ninth streets, in the
• The Master of Health Administration program is heart of Charlotte’s
accredited by the Commission on Accreditation bustling financial
of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). district, where students and faculty members will be
The Public Health Programs (BSPH and MSPH) able to mingle with bankers, architects,
in the Department of Public Health Sciences are technologists, and other professionals. The facility
accredited by the Council on Education for will have 143,000 total square feet for offices and
Public Health (CEPH) through June 2014. academic programs in graduate, professional, and
continuing education. It will increase UNC
• The University is a member of the Council of Charlotte’s presence in Center City by 10 times its
Graduate Schools, the Conference of Southern current space. The undertaking is the first major
Graduate Schools, and The North Carolina urban facility in the University of North Carolina
Conference of Graduate Schools. system.
THE CAMPUS THE 49ERS
MAIN CAMPUS The nickname, the 49ers, was chosen in recognition
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is the of the importance of the year 1949 in the history of
largest institution of higher education in the the University. UNC Charlotte, which began as an
Charlotte region and is a genuine urban university. off-campus center of the University of North Carolina
The main campus is in University City, one of the at Chapel Hill, would have died in 1949 had Bonnie
fastest growing areas of the Charlotte region, located Cone and her supporters not convinced the N.C.
Legislature that Charlotte needed a permanent
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college. Charlotte College was established that year. James H. Woodward approved the composition as the
Additionally, the campus is located on N.C. Highway University's Alma Mater in April 1992. It was sung
49, and Charlotte has a rich gold mining history -- for the first time at the following May
the term "49ers" symbolizes gold Commencement and has been performed at every
mining. A bronze Commencement since.
statue of the 49ers
Gold Miner sits in
front of the Reese
building on campus.
The statue recalls the region's history as a gold
mining center and symbolizes the pioneering spirit
and determination that has led to UNC Charlotte's
UNC Charlotte's logo has become one of the
Charlotte region's most distinctive insignia. The logo
is suggestive of a "crown," reminiscent of Queen
Charlotte of England, for whom
the city of Charlotte is named.
The crown emphasizes UNC
Charlotte’s relationship with the
Queen City, alludes to academics
with shapes that resemble an
open book, and exudes
excellence with a torch–like shape at the top, which
can also be interpreted as the top of a graduation
UNC Charlotte's Alma Mater has deep roots in the
institution's history. It was part of an "Academic
Festival March" composed for UNC Charlotte by
James Helme Sutcliffe, a Charlotte composer and
music critic who lived in Germany at the time. Dr.
Loy Witherspoon, professor of religious studies,
commissioned the March in
1965 when he
would become a
campus of The
North Carolina. The
March was first performed in 1967 at the installation
of Dean W. Colvard as UNC Charlotte's first
chancellor. Afterwards, it was performed as a
recessional at every Commencement during Dean W.
Colvard's tenure as chancellor. When UNC Charlotte
founder Bonnie Cone heard the March, she said, "I
can hear an alma mater in it," referring to a hymn-
like refrain. Dr. Robert Rieke, a professor of history,
also heard an alma mater in it.
On a 1990 trip to Germany, Rieke visited Sutcliffe,
picked up a recording of the March, and began
writing words to fit the final refrain. On Christmas
Eve 1991, he sent Bonnie Cone the words and music
as a Christmas present to her and to the University,
from which he had retired a year earlier. Chancellor
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