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Inside the January 2004 issue of FYI Carolina

Innovative Carolina Covenant reaches out to low-income students, families
Carolina just made national headlines by launching a groundbreaking initiative for low-income students and families that is a first for a U.S. public university. The Carolina Covenant will give qualified children of low-income families the opportunity to attend the university debt-free. Chancellor James Moeser announced the plan October 1 in his State of the University speech. The bold move already has prompted the University of Virginia to begin discussions about a similar plan. Carolina also has heard from interested parties in 10 other states, including the University of California system. The news generated excellent coverage in media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and National Public Radio.

What people are saying about the Carolina Covenant
Kauffman Foundation Awards Prestigious Entrepreneurship Grant to UNC
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of eight universities nationwide selected by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to receive a multimillion-dollar grant establishing entrepreneurship education across campus. The Kauffman Foundation announced the awarding of $25 million in grants - of which UNC will receive $3.5 million. Under the Kauffman Campuses Initiative, which was announced Dec. 15, the selected schools must match the Kauffman grant at least 2-to-1. Kenan-Flagler Business School will play a key role in the initiative. With its grant, UNC will create the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative, which will be led by the business school's Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, a campus hub and outreach arm for collaboration among academia, government, business and civil society. Jack Kasarda, Kenan Institute director and Kenan distinguished professor of management and sociology, will head the campuswide initiative, which will focus on creating traditional business entrepreneurs, as well as social, civic and academic entrepreneurs. "This is an opportunity to make entrepreneurship a life-changing experience for a wide array of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty," Kasarda said. "We have a chance to push the boundaries of entrepreneurship with this Kauffman grant."

Chancellor Moeser's State of the University speech
Besides announcing the Carolina Covenant, Chancellor Moeser discussed a new academic plan and the university’s historic commitment to being “the University of the People” in his State of the University address. “Today, we are translating the vision of those leaders who came before us and the language of two centuries of public higher education into new ways of thinking about being public, committed to access and public service,” Moeser said. The Web link above goes to Moeser’s speech and video clips.

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