The program, “Innovation@UNC,” is a two-year, campus-wide initiative aimed at offering new programs, reaching new learners, delivering programs in new formats, developing new teaching techniques and finding new ways to support success, UNC said.
“President (Kay) Norton has long been a champion of focusing on transformation instead of restoration, and Innovation@UNC is our way of acting on that idea,” said Robbyn Wacker, UNC provost.
The university said the initiative is also intended to help cope with constrained local funding, a declining number of high school graduates and growing competition in higher education.
“Innovation@UNC is about responding to the most significant and complex external challenges we have ever faced as a university,” Wacker said. “In the past, we were more focused on the singular issues of state budget, but responding to a convergence of multiple challenges requires the ingenuity of our entire campus community.”
UNC said it will use the $1 million initiative to invest in the most innovative proposals by faculty and staff to propose new graduate and undergraduate programs, propose ways to reach new students, transform student learning experiences and insure student graduation success.