Monthly Archives: December 2015

Fayetteville Observer Features UNC Core Plan for General Education Certificate

Following the announcement that UNC-Chapel Hill plans to expand the Friday Center’s UNC CORE general education program to include an undergraduate general education certificate, the Fayetteville Observer featured plans for the new program. Targeted to launch in the Fall 2016 semester, the certificate is the first of its kind in North Carolina.

The Fayetteville Observer wrote, “With the addition of the UNC CORE Certificate, service members will have the opportunity to complete an interdisciplinary general education foundation of courses that will prepare them for entry into UNC system online degree completion programs or other degree programs.”

To view the full article, visit the Fayetteville Observer website here.

The UNC CORE program accelerates the degree path for United States armed forces, veterans and National Guard and Reserve members by providing access to online general education core courses that can be taken from a distance on a flexible schedule. With the addition of the UNC CORE Certificate, service members will have the opportunity to complete an interdisciplinary general education foundation of courses that will prepare them for entry into University of North Carolina system online degree completion programs or other degree programs.

To learn more about UNC CORE, visit unccore.org.

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UNC Information Technology Services Spotlights Friday Center ITS Team

Information Technology Services at UNC-Chapel Hill featured the Friday Center’s amazing ITS duo, Cynthia O’Daniel and Susan Lambert, on its website. The article highlighted the team’s collaboration as its key to success.

“It takes both of us,” Lambert said. “I think we definitely complement each other’s skill sets.”

Read more on the ITS website here.

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UNC-Chapel Hill Announces New Degree Pathway Program for Military

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Dec. 10, 2015) – Following the introduction earlier this year of a number of new initiatives to support the armed forces, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announces plans to expand the UNC CORE general education program to include an undergraduate general education certificate. Targeted to launch in the Fall 2016 semester, the certificate is the first of its kind in North Carolina.

The UNC CORE program accelerates the degree path for United States armed forces, veterans and National Guard and Reserve members by providing access to online general education core courses that can be taken from a distance on a flexible schedule. With the addition of the UNC CORE Certificate, service members will have the opportunity to complete an interdisciplinary general education foundation of courses that will prepare them for entry into University of North Carolina system online degree completion programs or other degree programs.

“The UNC CORE certificate marks another milestone in Carolina’s commitment to serve the military community,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “Once we recognized the need and made the decision to create this certificate, we moved quickly and decisively to create a rigorous academic program that will significantly benefit the men and women of our armed forces.”

The certificate is also designed to align with the existing curriculum for the North Carolina Community College Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC), which meets system-wide, lower-division general education requirements.

“UNC CORE is significant to the entire UNC system,” said Steven Long, chairman of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Special Committee on Military Affairs. “Few institutions offer general education credits in a flexible distance education format. UNC CORE will offer active duty service members the opportunity to earn not just college credits, but a credential—a certificate—from an institution known for quality and value. This is an attractive educational entry point that can lead to a degree at a North Carolina community college or UNC institution.”

Carolina’s William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, which serves as the administrative home for UNC CORE, will work with University faculty to expand the number of courses in the program, especially in the Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) disciplines. The Friday Center will also provide academic advising services to UNC CORE students.

Special advisors with military education training will guide UNC CORE students through completion of their general education certificates and work with them to design personalized courses of study […]

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Friday Adult Learner Scholarship Deadline Approaching

The fall deadline for the Friday Adult Learner Scholarship is just around the corner. All applications must be submitted by December 7 to be considered.

Each fall and spring semester the Friday Adult Learner Scholarship awards $750 to two part-time, degree-seeking, undergraduate students age 24 or older studying at UNC-Chapel Hill. The scholarship is named for former UNC President Bill Friday, who strove to make a University education available to all citizens of North Carolina. The scholarship can be applied to college expenses for the semester for either Carolina Courses Online or Part-time Classroom Studies. Funding for the scholarship comes from donor contributions.

Please submit a one-page letter describing your goals and need for the scholarship by December 7. Send your application via email to Arlene Rainey at arlene_rainey@unc.edu with a subject line of “Friday Adult Learner Scholarship.” Include your name and PID on the application.

This scholarship is not automatically renewable but recipients are welcome to reapply in subsequent semesters. If you miss the fall semester deadline, the spring semester deadline is July 1, 2016.

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Meet Your Instructor: Richard Krawiec

UNC faculty member Richard Krawiec is the author of two books of poetry, a collection of short stories, four stage plays, and a pair of critically acclaimed novels. He founded Jacar Press, a publisher of poetry collections and chapbooks. With that kind of resume, students should be able to simply soak up his wisdom, right?

Krawiec says that’s baloney.

“Learners should be actively engaged in their own education, not depending on some ‘genius’ tossing out pearls of wisdom,” Krawiec said.

He takes this learner-centered approach seriously when teaching online courses for the Friday Center. His classes depend on debate between students, and on the democratization of opinions that are only possible online. “Online discussions are far better than the ones in class. In any classroom, there are four or five students who dominate, a bunch who never say anything, and a few who come up for air once in a while. Online, students are required to respond. Awkward students have no problems posting online because they’re not self-conscious. In person, students’ thoughts might be downgraded because they’re not cool, they don’t dress well, etc. Online, it’s only the quality of thought that matters.”

By expressing themselves more fully in discussion forums, students discover they have things to say, and find the courage to say them. “In public schools, students hate writing assignments—to them it feels like it’s a big opportunity for teachers to tell them what they’re doing wrong. Even letter grades can be harmful because they make students censor themselves—if they’re afraid to take risks or fail, they’ll severely limit themselves as writers.”

Those risks don’t just come on the page. Through writing exercises, Krawiec has seen his students discover new possibilities for themselves as people, not just as writers. “Giving yourself permission to think about yourself in a different way, and that you have different facets—not just a soccer player or engineer, or even just a writer. A student a couple years ago learned her voice was important, that she had ideas, perspective, and she applied it by standing up to an overly critical mother who’d been telling her what she couldn’t do in her life. Another student was on the US Under-20 women’s world cup soccer team. She discovered there was a whole other person she could be off the field.”

Krawiec’s students have gone on to win awards and grants, enter prestigious MFA programs, found editing businesses, and make $500-$1,000 a […]

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