’What Makes a Great University’ is a look at what makes North Carolina’s public universities great and what it will take to make them greater. In coming months, the series will visit each of our public universities and explore them in depth..


  • 47% transfer students at UNC Charlotte CHARLOTTE – There’s more and more talk these days of students starting their post-secondary education at a community college, then transferring to a four-year university. And UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois welcomes ... Read more
  • Wake up, Charlotte – here they come! CHARLOTTE – UNC Charlotte calls itself North Carolina’s urban research university – and it will feel even more urban next spring when light rail connects center-city Charlotte with campus. “We just ... Read more
  • What motivates someone to teach? CHARLOTTE – The pay isn’t much.  The working conditions can be rough.  Yet some feel driven to teach. “Teaching is one of the most important professions right now,” Dean Ellen McIntyre ... Read more
  • Cultivating young teachers early CHARLOTTE – In August, UNC Charlotte launched the first of its kind in the nation – a high school and early college for 9th graders who want to become teachers. As ... Read more
  • ‘Anybody who can touch the life of a kid’ CHARLOTTE – North Carolina is now the 9th largest state in America – yet it saw a 30% decline in enrollment in the state’s colleges of education from 2010-2015.1 “There’s a ... Read more
  • ‘She saw something in me’ CHARLOTTE – Most of us had a favorite teacher – one who made a difference in our lives. Dean Ellen McIntyre of the Cato College of Education at UNC Charlotte talks ... Read more
  • A burgeoning university for a burgeoning city CHARLOTTE – A burgeoning city demands a burgeoning university – and North Carolina’s largest city has one. “From the beginning, going all the way back to our founding in 1946 … ... Read more
  • Fastest-growing UNC campus CHARLOTTE – The fastest-growing campus in the UNC System has energy.  But with that growth come challenges. “We have gained about 4,600 students since 2009,” UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois says ... Read more
  • 49er Finish: 93% completion CHARLOTTE – Not everyone takes a straight-line path to a college degree. At the ‘Aim Higher, Achieve More’ forum hosted recently by the Higher Education Works Foundation, UNC System President Margaret ... Read more
  • UNC’s ‘uncommon education to the common man’ CHAPEL HILL – In June, a foundation established by the late owner of the Washington Redskins awarded the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $1 million for its efforts ... Read more