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National Charter School Group Opposes Bill Loosening State Board Oversight PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 June 2016 14:44
The National Association of Charter Authorizers said in a letter to House leaders it opposes key sections of a bill changing charter laws, saying they will gut school oversight and leave the State Board of Education with little authority to close failing schools.
The change would give the state charter school office time to focus on schools in need of the most help. But the association of charter authorizers objected. “This makes it possible for low-performing schools to escape or delay accountability for years,” the letter said.
Additionally, the change would make the state ineligible for a federal charter school grants program that helps expand high-quality charters. The program requires reviews at least once every five years, the letter said.
The association also objected to proposed restrictions on closing low performing charter schools. Low-performing charters could not be closed if they meet growth or implement an improvement plan. The change would prohibit the State Board of Education from closing charters it thinks have deteriorated to the point they cannot improve. 
Elizabeth City State University Gets Warning From Accreditation Agency PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 June 2016 05:05


Elizabeth City State University has been placed on warning this week by its accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. A warning is a lighter sanction than probation from the agency.
Audits of admissions and financial aid practices at ECSU by the UNC System uncovered problems that included improperly awarded financial aid and the admission of unqualified students. 
ECSU officials said they are committed to resolving issues and implementing recommendations from UNC General Administration by Dec. 15.
“The issues identified in the UNC system internal audit are legitimate accreditation body concerns because these bodies have a role in verifying institutions’ adherence to a prescribed set of standards,” ECSU Chancellor Thomas Conway said in a news release. 
Wake Tech and William Peace University Forge Historic Academic Partnership PDF Print E-mail
By Donna Martinez   
Friday, 17 June 2016 15:02

Wake Tech is partnering with William Peace University on two new groundbreaking transfer opportunities. Wake Tech President Dr. Stephen C. Scott and Dr. Brian C. Ralph, President of William Peace University, signed the agreements today, which offer a convenient way for Wake Tech graduates in Criminal Justice and Business Analytics to continue on to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Wake Tech currently offers the nation’s only associate’s degree in Business Analytics. Since it began with 13 students in 2013, the program now enrolls more than 500 students. Those students will now be able to continue their studies at William Peace, which will now offer North Carolina’s only baccalaureate degree program in Business Analytics.

Wake Tech’s Criminal Justice program has also seen significant growth, with a 28% increase in students during the spring semester. Graduates of that program will also be able to transfer seamlessly to William Peace to earn a bachelor’s degree. The transfer agreements begin this fall. Both fields offer vast employment opportunities in the Triangle.

“These agreements are a win-win,” said Dr. Scott. “It’s a great opportunity for our students to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree, while providing local employers with the skilled workforce they need.”

“We approach these partnerships with great confidence,” said Dr. Ralph. “Students who come to William Peace from Wake Tech are well-prepared, and we see them excel in their field of study.”

Earlier this year, Wake Tech and William Peace announced a similar transfer agreement for Simulation and Game Development students. These transfer programs are the latest in a series of partnerships between Wake Tech and public and private four-year institutions. They enhance the North Carolina Community College System's Comprehensive Articulation Agreement.

UNC-Chapel Hill Fulfills Terms Of Accreditation Probation PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 June 2016 15:49
Chapel Hill  - UNC-Chapel Hill has been returned to good standing by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS), university Chancellor Carol Folt announced on Thursday.
The state's flagship university had been on probation for a year. in the wake of an academic scandal centering around “paper classes” to help 3,100 students — most of them athletes — over an 18-year period.
In March, UNC sent a 144-page report to SACS in response to SACS questions. 
Nine people, including Jan Boxill, a former chairwoman of the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, lost their jobs, and the university has seen turnover in athletics leadership and in the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies, where the no-show classes were centered.  
SACS put UNC-Chapel Hill on a 12-month probation on June 11, 2015, after finding that UNC had violated standards in program content, control of intercollegiate athletics, academic support services, academic freedom, faculty role in governance and Title IV program responsibilities. 
In a video sent to UNC-Chapel Hill Twitter followers, Folt assured the public that the university’s integrity and academic diligence are fully intact.
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