UNC board hears about trends and demographic changes

Margaret Spellings

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – The UNC Board of Governors completed its first day of meetings Thursday in Chapel Hill to discuss priorities for next year.

The board is changing up the way they’ve conducted these meetings in the past. Today they heard from three speakers and then broke into smaller committee meetings to target certain priorities.

Presentations to the board consisted of information on national trends in higher education and demographic changes impacting North Carolina.

Members heard about issues with college readiness in the state, and statistics on which students are most likely to pay back their education loans in full.

There was also a long discussion on how the nation’s evolving cultural diversity will impact what is taught, and how first-generation college students are treated.

HB2 and the lawsuits against the school system on the matter were only briefly given a mention by President Margaret Spellings at the beginning of the day. She said the university is currently in discussions with legal counsel.

The board will reconvene for day two of their meetings Friday at 8 a.m.

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