NCICU Receives Grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation

North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) has received a three-year grant totaling $240,000 from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation to establish a Faculty-Student STEM Mentoring Program. The program will seek to improve student retention and graduation rates among first generation college students, women, and students of color  majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM).

“Employer demand for STEM graduates has experienced a steady increase in the past 20 years,” said NCICU president, Hope Williams. “While North Carolina has a strong STEM workforce, it has been a challenge nationally to attract a diverse population in these fields. NCICU wants to help increase racial and gender diversity and believes this faculty-student mentor program can produce positive results.”

Twelve of North Carolina’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities will be invited to participate in the program, including the five historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), with at least 20 participants per campus.  Components of the program will include mentor support, student scholarships, career workshops, guest speakers, and faculty and peer connections. Students will work in small groups with a peer mentor who is a junior or a senior, as well as with a faculty member. Professionals in STEM fields will be invited to share their experiences with participants and to become part of a network of mentors.

“NCICU’s 36 institutions are continuing to increase and expand offerings in STEM programs,” Williams said.  “The smaller class sizes at private institutions can provide the additional support and mentoring to help students from underrepresented populations to thrive.”

“Providing mentors to students helps them build their confidence and enhances their learning” stated Marilyn Foote-Hudson executive director of the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation.

While this program is focused on North Carolina’s independent colleges, it will have a statewide impact and will support myFutureNC’s goal to ensure that by 2030, two million North Carolinians will have a high-quality credential or postsecondary degree.

About The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation
The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation is an independent self-funding 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting activities that help meet the educational and health needs of today’s society and future generations. Since its creation in 1986, the foundation has granted over $80 million to support North Carolina projects and programs that emphasize the understanding and application of science, health and education at all academic and professional levels. Visit us at NCGSKFoundation.org.

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Goodnight Foundation Supports NCICU’s Science of Reading Initiative

The Goodnight Educational Foundation has awarded North Carolina Independent College and Universities (NCICU) $1 million over two years to support the implementation of the Science of Reading initiative into the curriculum for teacher education students.

Last April, the General Assembly enacted legislation requiring Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) to begin providing coursework in the Science of Reading which focuses on multiple aspects of phonics, spelling, and oral language/comprehension. With this grant, NCICU will establish a task force to assist the 31 private colleges and universities which have EPPs with implementation strategies.

“We recognize that reading and comprehension are keys to student achievement at all levels of education,” said NCICU president, Hope Williams, “and we are deeply appreciative of this critical support from the Goodnight Educational Foundation to support development and implementation of the Science of Reading curriculum at the 31 NCICU Educator Prep Programs.”

The NCICU task force will provide training in the “Science of Reading” for EPP faculty at each of the NCICU EPPs as well as for pre-service teacher candidates and recent graduates who are teaching in school districts served by our EPPs. The grant to NCICU will also fund summer workshops which will include local superintendents and principals along with EPP faculty. Individual EPPs will develop self-studies in the Science of Reading assisted by subgrants for curriculum re-design which will be available through the project.

Dr. Monica Campbell, professor of Education and coordinator of the Elementary Education Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and Dr. Mary Knight-McKenna, professor of Education and director of Master of Education at Elon University, will co-chair the Task Force. Dr. Patsy Pierce, EPP former faculty member at Meredith College, and Denise Adams, director of NCICU’s Digital Learning Initiative will manage the work of the task force on behalf of NCICU.

NCICU Distributes $115,200 in UPS Scholarships

NCICU has received $115,200 and distributed UPS Scholarships to assist 36 students, one student attending each of the private colleges and universities in North Carolina. The scholarships were made possible by a grant through the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) from the UPS Educational Endowment which UPS directed in 1953 to private college students attending colleges in North Carolina.

“The Council of Independent Colleges has managed the UPS Endowment since 2010, continuing the role of providing a scholarship to each college in what are now all State Councils,” said NCICU president, Hope Williams. “The UPS scholarships provide crucial funds for students, assuring their access to a transformative college education.”

Nationally, CIC distributed more than $1.4 million in student scholarships through the UPS Endowment to make private colleges and universities more affordable and accessible to underserved students.

“The Council of Independent Colleges is proud to support nearly 450 low-income, first-generation, minority, and new American students in 26 states through the CIC/UPS Scholarships,” said Marjorie Hass, president of the Council of Independent Colleges. “Through our partnership with NCICU, these scholarships help individual students pursue their education at one of North Carolina’s superb independent colleges and universities.”

The UPS Scholarships Program has made a private college education possible for more than 21,000 low-income, first generation, and minority students and has had a transformative impact on individuals, families, and communities across the country.

About The UPS Foundation

Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, the UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. The foundation’s philanthropic approach centers on four focus areas: health & humanitarian relief, equity and economic empowerment, local engagement, and planet protection. To UPS, giving means combining employees’ skills, passion and time with the company’s logistics expertise, transportation assets, and charitable donations to make a measurable difference in society.

About the Council of Independent Colleges

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of 758 nonprofit independent colleges and universities, state-based councils of independent colleges, and other higher education affiliates, that works to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of independent higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on services to leaders of independent colleges and universities and state-based councils. CIC offers conferences, seminars, publications, and other programs and services that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, student outcomes, and institutional visibility. CIC also conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers in the United States. Founded in 1956, CIC is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.cic.edu.

Independent College Fund Raises $2.3M

The Independent College Fund of North Carolina (ICFNC), a division of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) has raised $2.3 million in its 2020-21 fundraising campaign (May 2020-April 2021), according to director, Colleen Kinser.

The funds provided $611,284 in scholarship support to students at North Carolina’s 36 private, nonprofit colleges and universities. In addition, the ICFNC has seen an increase in the number of named scholarships that are available to North Carolina students based on specific criteria.

Those scholarships are:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC
Bridgestone Firestone Trust Fund Scholarship
Broyhill Family Foundation Scholarship
Burlington Industries Foundation Scholarship
CIC/UPS Education Endowment Scholarship
Clancy & Theys Construction Co. Scholarship
Dominion NC Power Scholarship
ICFNC Advisory Board Corporate Scholarship
Jeff and Jan Stoddard Scholarship for Hope
North Carolina Sherriffs’ Association Criminal Justice Scholarship
Thomas & Ashley Varnadore Scholarship of Optimism in Future
Generations
Truist Foundation Scholarship
Workforce Development Opportunity Scholarship

“These companies and individuals have been so supportive of our independent college students. Some have been contributing to the fund for more than 60 years,” said Kinser. “Their generosity has had a profound impact – 156 students will benefit from a named scholarship during the 2021-22 academic year, and hundreds of additional students will benefit, from the general scholarship funds we raise for the campuses to distribute.

Donations for programs totaled $319,470 and support NCICU events such as its annual Ethics Bowl, and the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research Symposium.

In addition, more than $1.4 million in in-kind gifts was received, the majority provided by SAS in donations of software and training support for 30 NCICU campuses.

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NC Sheriffs’ Association Establishes Scholarships

The North Carolina Sheriffs Association (NCSA) has established the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association Criminal Justice Scholarship for students at 26 private colleges and universities in North Carolina that will be administered by North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU).

Recipients, who must be North Carolina residents, will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Priority will be given to students whose parent or guardian has served in law enforcement, or the scholarship will go to a student majoring in criminal justice or a related program.

Colleen Kinser, Director of the Independent College Fund of North Carolina expressed appreciation for this scholarship support, “We are thankful for this partnership with NCSA to assist qualifying students who want to pursue a career in law enfocement and to give back to the dependents of those who are already serving our community. We are looking forward to working with NCSA to administer these funds.”

Recipients of the scholarship will be chosen by the financial aid office at the university that the student plans to attend or is currently attending. Applications are available from the university’s financial aid office, and after completion, should be returned to the university’s financial aid office.

Virtual Counselors Tour Scheduled

North Carolina’s 36 private, nonprofit colleges and universities will be showcased via a virtual Counselors Tour July 12-29. Each afternoon, Monday-Thursday, high school counselors from around the state of North Carolina and the nation will learn about the academic programs, campus life, and uniqueness of the institutions.

The virtual format, implemented because of the pandemic, replaces an annual weeklong bus tour, which traditionally fills up on the day the registration is announced. “The virtual format may limit participants’ ability to see the campuses firsthand,” said coordinator Rebecca Leggett, “but it allows so many more counselors to participate in the tour and to get a look at North Carolina’s higher education options and unique attributes for students.”

In addition to 45-minute presentations by each institution, panel discussions featuring campuses’ students and faculty, and a focus on College Affordability are offered to participants. Keynote speakers, including Cris Charbonneau, director of Advocacy & Engagement, myFutureNC; Thomas Stith, president, NC Community College System; and Geoff Coltrane, senior education advisor, Office of the Governor, will be featured on Monday of each week.

To view the schedule or to register for the tour, go to https://ncicu.org/ncicu-2021-counselors-tour/.  For additional information, contact Ms. Leggett at [email protected].

NCICU Spring 2021 Newsletter

Content:

Navigating the Pandemic Year
2021 Ethics Bowl
Annual Meeting
New Presidents
Grant Projects
Articulation Agreements
Independent College Fund Raises $2.4m
New Collaborative Partners

NCICU and NCCCS Sign Psychology and Sociology Articulation Agreements

Students studying Psychology or Sociology at North Carolina’s community colleges can now seamlessly transfer to a number of private colleges and universities in the state to complete a bachelor’s degree in one of these disciplines.  NC Community College System (NCCCS) president, Thomas Stith, and North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) president, Hope Williams, signed articulation agreements today. The articulation agreement includes all 58 community colleges.

“I am most pleased to sign another agreement that lets us simplify processes and remove barriers for students to continue their education in North Carolina,” said Stith. “We appreciate this needed opportunity to better align with partners within NCICU to accelerate student progress.”

“NCICU and NCCCS have worked together on statewide articulation agreements since the 1990s, said Williams. “Being recognized nationally for the importance of this work is an honor and the Teagle Foundation Grant is allowing us to provide even greater support to our transfer students.”

This agreement provides a progression degree plan that includes required general education and prerequisite courses that are acceptable to all signatory programs. The NCICU Board approved the agreements on April 14, 2021, and the State Board of Community Colleges approved them on April 16, 2021. The agreements will go into effect with the 2021 fall semester.

Pathways in psychology and sociology were mapped out by 15 NCICU institutions paired with 15 two-year colleges (14 community colleges and one private two-year college) (see lists below). The colleges are working together to create a “culture of transfer” that ensures students receive the most comprehensive information and are carefully advised from their first year at a two-year college until graduation with a bachelor’s degree.

Work on this agreement was funded by a grant from the Teagle Foundation through the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and includes a component of advising and policy development for financial aid to nontraditional students. “The advising and financial aid components of the grant will provide critical supplemental support to help these students be successful in completing their baccalaureate degrees,” Williams said.

In addition to Psychology and Sociology, NCICU and NCCCS have articulation agreements in Music, Theatre, Fine Arts, Teacher Education and RN to BSN.

WORKING GROUP

Community College Partners
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Blue Ridge Community College
Central Carolina Community College
Central Piedmont Community College
Durham Technical Community College
Forsyth Technical Community College
Guilford Technical Community College
Isothermal Community College
Roanoke-Chowan Community College
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
South Piedmont Community College
Stanly Community College
Wake Technical Community College
Wilson Community College

NCICU Participants
Barton College: psychology
Brevard College: psychology
Campbell University: psychology
Catawba College: psychology and sociology
Chowan University: psychology
Gardner-Webb University: psychology & sociology
Guilford College: psychology and sociology
Johnson C. Smith University: psychology
Louisburg College (two-year): psychology & sociology
Mars Hill University: psychology and sociology
Meredith College: psychology and sociology
Pfeiffer University: psychology
Salem College: psychology and sociology
Shaw University: psychology and sociology
William Peace University: psychology
Wingate University: psychology

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Meredith President Elected Chair of NCICU

Meredith College president, Jo Allen, has been elected chair of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Board of Directors. The election took place at NCICU’s annual meeting held virtually on March 30. President Allen previously served terms as treasurer and vice chair on the board. She will replace Wake Forest University president, Nathan Hatch, who has served as chair for four years.

NCICU board is made up of the presidents of its 36 colleges and universities. Other executive committee officers elected at the meeting are President Jimmy Jenkins, Livingstone College, vice chair; President Nido Qubein, High Point University, treasurer; and President Rhett Brown, Wingate University, secretary. The new board will assume office on July 1.

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NCICU Chair Honored by Governor

Wake Forest University President and Chair of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Nathan O. Hatch has been awarded the highest honor for state service granted by the Office of the Governor for achievement and service, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

N.C. Governor Roy Cooper presented the award to Hatch March 29 during North Carolina of Independent Colleges and Universities’ (NCICU) annual meeting of presidents. Hatch had been nominated for the award by NCICU President Hope Williams.

In presenting the award, Governor Cooper recognized Hatch for his leadership.

“Dr. Hatch, when you think about what your career at Wake Forest University — what it has meant to the University, to the Winston-Salem area, to the state as a whole, to this country and to the world — you have a lot to be proud of.”

Hatch has served as Wake Forest’s president for nearly 16 years, and as NCICU chair for four years. He plans to retire on June 30.

“Dr. Hatch’s leadership at Wake Forest University and with NCICU, including the last four years as chair of the NCICU board, has been dedicated to access and success for students, to support of faculty and expansion of academic programs, and to innovation leading to economic growth for our state and our citizens,” said NCICU President Hope Williams. “He is most deserving of this award.”

Since 1963, North Carolina’s governors have reserved their highest honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, for persons who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities through their exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments. Persons named to The Order become North Carolina “Ambassadors” with their names and award dates recorded on a Roster maintained by The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Society.

CIC/UPS Scholarship Recipients at NC Private Colleges & Universities Announced

Thirty-six students at North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) have each received CIC/UPS Scholarships in the amount of $3,000 for the 2020-21 academic year. The scholarships were made possible by a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, DC, through the CIC/UPS Educational Endowment.

“UPS has been a valued supporter of independent higher education for more than 40 years,” said Hope Williams, president of NCICU. “The scholarships they provide to students at each of our 36 campuses are significant and help make it possible for students to meet their educational goals.”

Nationally, CIC provided more than $1.5 million in student scholarships through statewide offices of private higher education to make private colleges and universities more affordable and accessible to underserved students.

Recipients of the CIC/UPS Scholarships this year from NCICU are:

La’Haua Thomas of Charlotte, NC, a sophomore at Barton College majoring in Criminal Justice
Layla Figueroa of Gastonia, NC, a junior at Belmont Abbey College majoring in Psychology
Jessica Bolden of Durham, NC, a junior at Bennett College majoring in Psychology
Morgan Rice of Asheville, NC, a sophomore at Brevard College majoring in Health Science
Hannah Schelling of Midland, NC, a sophomore at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences majoring in Nursing
Elizabeth Moncerath Bucaro Vasquez of Sanford, NC, a senior at Campbell University majoring in Criminal Justice Pre-Law
Andrea Valeria Garrido Lecca of Salisbury, NC, a Freshman at Catawba College majoring in Political Science
Ulyses Orteg-Espino of La Grange, NC, a freshman at Chowan University majoring in Graphic Design
Airen Ellis of Greensboro, NC, a senior at Davidson College, major Undeclared
Ayana Paul of Waxhaw, NC, a senior at Duke University majoring in Biology
Kendra Johnson of Fuquay Varina, NC, a senior at Elon University majoring in  Acting and Art Administration
Brittany Ray of Morganton, NC, a freshman at Gardner-Webb University majoring in Chemistry
Teiko Joe’el Ruffin of Ramseur, NC, a freshman at Greensboro College majoring in Biology
Terry Dixon of Concord, NC, a sophomore at High Point University majoring in Business Administration
Chaz Gwyn of Winston-Salem, NC, a freshman at Johnson C. Smith University majoring in Business Administration
Jessica Cervantes of Spruce Pine, NC, a junior at Lees-McRae College majoring in Elementary Education
Aspen Bilal of Shelby, NC, a junior at Lenoir-Rhyne University majoring in Political Science
Shania M. Scott of Maxton, NC, a sophomore at Livingstone College majoring in Social Work
Tayari Allen of Raleigh, NC, a sophomore at Louisburg College University majoring in Business
India Staley of Gastonia, NC, a senior at Mars Hill University majoring in Integrated Health Sciences
Zanaiia Lynn of Garner, NC, a junior at Meredith College majoring in Interior Design
Jazanae Billings of Pittsboro, NC, a sophomore at Methodist University majoring in Social Work
Zyere Harris-Long of Statesville, NC, a senior at Montreat College majoring in Psychology
Thomas Clark of Cape Carteret, NC, a junior at N.C. Wesleyan College majoring in Criminal Justice
Tyquon Jackson of Lumberton, NC, a junior at Pfeiffer University majoring in Business Administration
Carla Lopez-Cervantes of Marion, NC, a freshman at Queens University of Charlotte majoring in Spanish
Jykeis McLean of Goldsboro, NC, a senior at Saint Augustine’s University majoring in Business Administrations
Melissa Cisneros-Damaso of Winston-Salem, NC, a sophomore at Salem College majoring in Business Administration
Damita Warren of Raleigh, NC, a sophomore at Shaw University majoring in Social Work
Asa Moretz of Taylorsville, NC, a senior at St. Andrews University majoring in Business Administration
Eian Hines of Elizabethtown, NC, a senior at University of Mount Olive majoring in Graphic Design
Frantasia T. Hill of Stella, NC, a junior at Wake Forest University majoring in Sociology
William Wilson of Valdese, NC, a junior at Warren Wilson College majoring in Outdoor Leadership
Brandi Bowers of Louisburg, NC, a junior at William Peace University majoring in Psychology
Tamiria Thomas of Conyers, GA, a junior at Wingate University majoring in Biology

“Independent colleges and universities in this country are remarkably effective at educating and graduating low-income and first-generation students in less time, with less student debt,” said Richard Ekman, president of CIC.

“Helping these students afford a private college education is a truly critical need in our society, and it is rewarding to be a partner with the UPS Foundation and NCICU as we help to support deserving students.”

The CIC/UPS Scholarships Program has made a private college education possible for more than 21,000 low-income, first generation, and minority students and has had a transformative impact on individuals, families, and communities across the country.

About the Council of Independent Colleges

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of nonprofit independent colleges and universities, state-based councils of independent colleges, and other higher education affiliates, that works to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of independent higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on services to leaders of independent colleges and universities and state-based councils. CIC offers conferences, seminars, publications, and other programs and services that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, student outcomes, and institutional visibility. It conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. Founded in 1956, CIC is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. www.cic.edu

About The UPS Foundation

Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2019, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $123.8 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found at UPS.com/Foundation and @UPS_Foundation on Twitter.