If an institution is part of a system or corporate structure, a description of the system operation (or corporate structure) is submitted as part of the Compliance Certification for the decennial review.  The description should be designed to help members of the peer review committees understand the mission, governance, and operating procedures of the system and the individual institution’s role within that system.


Compliance Judgment: In compliance

Narrative

Since 1971, East Carolina University (hereafter, ECU or the institution) has been a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina. ECU was founded in 1907 and has evolved from a teachers’ training school to a national research university.  A History of East Carolina University, submitted with ECU’s Fifth Year Report in 2009, summarizes the institution's growth and development.

The University of North Carolina serves as the overarching governing body of 16 higher education institutions, as well as the NC School of Science and Mathematics, a residential high school for gifted students.

Mission of the University of North Carolina

The History and Mission of the University of North Carolina includes the following:

“As a part of the comprehensive mission review of 1992, the Board of Governors adopted a general mission statement for the University. This statement, with minor modifications, was given statutory status in 1995 when the General Assembly amended Chapter 116-1 of the General Statutes to include the following as the official mission statement of the University of North Carolina:

Statement of Mission

The University of North Carolina is a public, multi-campus university dedicated to the service of North Carolina and its people. It encompasses the 16 diverse constituent institutions and other educational, research, and public service organizations. Each shares in the overall mission of the University. That mission is to discover, create, transmit, and apply knowledge to address the needs of individuals and society. This mission is accomplished through instruction, which communicates the knowledge and values and imparts the skills necessary for individuals to lead responsible, productive, and personally satisfying lives; through research, scholarship, and creative activities, which advance knowledge and enhance the educational process; and through public service, which contributes to the solution of societal problems and enriches the quality of life in the State. In the fulfillment of this mission, the University shall seek an efficient use of available resources to ensure the highest quality in its service to the citizens of the State.

Teaching and learning constitute the primary service that the University renders to society. Teaching, or instruction, is the primary responsibility of each of the constituent institutions. The relative importance of research and public service, which enhance teaching and learning, varies among the constituent institutions, depending on their overall missions.”

Structure of the University of North Carolina

Further information on the structure of the University of North Carolina as it relates to ECU can be found in ECU’s Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs; both catalogs indicate the general structure of the UNC system:

Operating Procedures of the University of North Carolina

The policy making body for the University of North Carolina is the UNC Board of Governors:

The UNC-Board of Governors is the policy-making body legally charged with "the general determination, control, supervision, management, and governance of all affairs of the constituent institutions." It elects the president, who administers the University. The 32 voting members of the Board of Governors are elected by the General Assembly for four-year terms. Special members are non-voting members with varying terms. Such members are former chairs of the board, former governors, and the president of the UNC Association of Student Governments, or that student's designee.

The University of North Carolina is led by the UNC General Administration, described as follows:  UNC General Administration houses the offices of the President and other senior administrative officers of the multi-campus University of North Carolina. This core administrative staff is responsible for executing the policies of the UNC Board of Governors and providing University-wide leadership in the areas of academic affairs, business and financial management, long-range planning, student affairs, research, legal affairs, and government relations.”

The UNC-Board of Governors is the policy-making body legally charged with "the general determination, control, supervision, management, and governance of all affairs of the constituent institutions." It elects the president, who administers the University. The 32 voting members of the Board of Governors are elected by the General Assembly for four-year terms. Special members are non-voting members with varying terms.

The UNC Policy Manual includes The Code of the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina, which publicly identifies the procedures that the University of North Carolina is bound to follow and enforce; by extension, and as stated within The Code, all of the constituent institutions are subject to, must abide by, and enforce the policies and procedures established in the UNC Policy Manual.  The Code defines the operating procedures of the system, as shown in its Table of Contents.

The 16 higher education institutions of the University of North Carolina adhere to the structures and policies established by the UNC system as explained above. The UNC system is currently administered by Thomas W. Ross, who was elected president of the system in 2011.

 

Documentation

Reference Title

Location

Graduate Catalog

Grad NC organization

History and Mission of the University of North Carolina

UNC History and Mission

History of East Carolina University

Pages from 3.13.4b SACS Fifth-Year Interim Report Part II

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

The Code of the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina

The UNC Code

UNC Board of Governors

Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina

UNC General Administration

General Administration

UNC Policy Manual

The UNC Policy Manual

Undergraduate Catalog

Ugrad NC organization

University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina