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Inside the September 2004 issue of FYI Carolina


Carolina marks key gains with academic excellence priorities
The University improved in several strategic measures it links with providing a high-quality undergraduate education. Carolina has set priorities to guide decisions about investing resource and advancing excellence. New rankings from U.S. News & World Report magazine’s "America’s Best Colleges" guidebook showed progress in such priority areas as student accessibility, class size and faculty resources.

First Carolina Covenant scholars arrive in Chapel Hill
Carolina successfully launched the trend-setting Carolina Covenant initiative, which makes a debt-free education possible for qualified low-income students. The first class of Carolina Covenant scholars just began their studies in Chapel Hill, signaling a new era in the university’s historic commitment to access for all students. Click the headline above to access a new Website that tells the stories of a few of these students and how the Carolina Covenant is making a profound difference in their lives.

N.C. Cancer Hospital to help meet rising cancer patient needs
Governor Mike Easley and the North Carolina General Assembly authorized a spending plan to build a $180 million cancer hospital in Chapel Hill to improve treatment available to cancer patients in North Carolina and beyond. North Carolina’s cancer patient total has risen 35 percent over the last six years and is expected to double over the next 30 years.

Stone Center for Black Culture and History opens
Carolina opened the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, creating a permanent home for one of the nation’s leading centers for research, teaching, learning and public service related to black history and culture. Funded by private donations, the center features a 10,000-volume lending library, art gallery, seminar rooms, theater, dance studio and multipurpose room. Click the headline above to visit the Stone Center site. To view a web slideshow from the August dedication ceremony, click here.

Carolina First breaks fund-raising record in 2004
The Carolina First Campaign raised $190 million in gifts and private grants in fiscal 2004 – the largest single-year total in University history. Chancellor James Moeser says that success is a tribute to alumni and friends who are giving with unprecedented levels of support during the campaign, which aims to position Carolina to become the nation’s leading public university.

Kaplan/Newsweek guide calls Carolina ‘hottest’ for health careers
A new national college guide ranked Carolina as the nation’s "hottest" campus for health careers. Kaplan/Newsweek’s 2005 "How to Get Into College" Guide based that assessment on admissions trends and interviews across the country with admissions officers, students and others.

Faculty research grants, a bright spot in N.C. economy, jump 7.5%
Carolina makes a major contribution to the North Carolina economy with research grants awarded to faculty members by the federal government and other sources. Researchers attracted $577.6 million in 2004 – up 7.5 percent from $537.4 million the prior year. Carolina faculty discoveries have created 25 spin-off companies in North Carolina.


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