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I am pleased to present a selection of impressive milestones from the 2010-11 academic year. Many of the special moments from this past year come as a result of awards won by our faculty, staff and students, some of whom are featured in this report. As I think about the national and international recognition many members of our campus community have received, I am reminded of what makes UNCG thrive, our people.
After perusing the links on the left, please visit inspirechange.uncg.edu to read more stories about great people making great things happen. Or, go inside UNCG by giving our interactive alumni magazine a look and listen.
2010-11 was the second year of our five-year strategic plan. Faculty and staff across the university have worked to implement exciting initiatives related to learning communities, student success, health and wellness, internationalization, and community engagement building on our historic strengths while taking advantage of new opportunities.
The UNCG Board of Trustees approved a plan to develop a new academic unit, the School of Health and Human Sciences. The full restructuring proposal (PDF) is available as is a recent press release about the unit. This new school builds on UNCG's historic strengths in Human Environmental Sciences and Health and Human Performance, and positions the university to serve the changing needs of our students and the state.
As in recent years, the budget continues to weigh heavily on our minds. While we expect significant budget cuts next year, we will not know our budget until late June or early July 2011. While cuts at any level will have a significant impact on UNCG's students, faculty, and staff, we are already engaged in planning to minimize the impact of the cuts on the ability of students to make good progress toward their degrees.
Simultaneously, UNCG has launched an Academic Program Review, designed to assess the quality of our academic programs and to inform future investments. Academic Program Review can be a roadmap to our academic priorities as we consider how best to position this university for the future. We expect the review to extend throughout the next academic year with a report presented to the UNCG Board of Trustees in Spring 2012.
In challenging times like these, I am most thankful for the resilient spirit of our students, recent graduates, faculty and staff who work every day to make UNCG and our community a better place. I am also very grateful for the enduring commitment of our supporters. Each of you makes me optimistic about what the future can hold.
Our commitment to students and communities spurs us onward. May we seize the significant opportunity before us the opportunity to overcome the challenges we face and create a stronger university more effective than ever at enhancing lives in meaningful ways.
Linda P. Brady
Among UNCG's many honors and distinctions for the 2010-11 academic year, the university was recognized as a Bicycle Friendly University Bronze Winner (PDF) by the League of American Bicyclists, named a Campus Sustainability Leader and was also, for the second year in a row, given the designation by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. On a related note, read about UNCG's Campus Garden affiliated with the university's Sustainability Committee. WFMY News 2 reported on the project.
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