UNC Tomorrow

Reading coach Kristy Kane of Louisburg Elementary School praises first-grader Martin Rayo during one-on-one tutoring. The school’s targeted reading intervention program for struggling readers in the first- and second-grades is part of collaboration with the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education. School teachers and UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and researchers work together on ways to reach students who don't advance in reading using traditional teaching methods – and to determine if new methods work. Individual attention has made a positive difference, say teachers, who also participate in professional development sessions as part of the project. Teachers in Columbus County also are participating in the project.

About UNC Tomorrow

UNC TomorrowLed by UNC President Erskine Bowles, this effort examines how all of the campuses within the UNC System, including Carolina, will respond to the most pressing needs facing the state over the next 20 years. In 2007, the UNC Tomorrow Commission held community listening forums, faculty forums, and distributed numerous surveys to obtain input on important issues affecting the people of North Carolina.

During this assessment phase, Vice Chancellor Mike Smith organized a meeting with President Bowles and his staff to demonstrate how the campus is addressing many of the state’s needs and he also hosted a Faculty Listening Forum for faculty from the Triangle universities. In December 2007, the UNC Tomorrow Commission issued its final report highlighting its findings and recommendations for addressing the needs of the state. Subsequently, the Board of Governors approved the report and requested that the 17 constituent institutions in the UNC system report on how they intend to respond to the issues outlined by the Commission.

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bernadette Gray-Little is leading Carolina's response to the UNC Tomorrow directive. Carolina's Phase I response, focused on engagement activities and managed by Mike Smith, was submitted May 1, 2008. The Phase II response, focused on academic issues, is due Dec. 1, 2008.

Through its teaching, research and public service, Carolina connects with the people of our state every day in ways that improve lives and build futures.

A Community Engaged University” recognized by the
 Carnegie Foundation