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CHANCELLOR’S REPORT Letter From the Chancellor 2017-18 Highlights The Chancellor's Office Division of Institutional Advancement Division of Student Affairs Division of Academic Affairs College of Arts and Sciences College of Behavioral and Social Sciences School of Business School of Education School of Graduate Studies School of Law School of Library and Information Sciences University College Distance and Extended Studies Division of Enrollment Management James E. Shepard Memorial Library Division of Research and Sponsored Programs Division of Administration and Finance Information Technology Services Department of Athletics

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8,097 TOTAL ENROLLMENT (Undergraduate and Graduate)



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VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS ($5.2 Million Value of Economic Impact)


was Secured by the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs

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in the UNC System to Meet All Priority Metrics

2,983 GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT Approximately 60% of NCCU’s Class of 2018 is Employed or Enrolled in Graduate School.


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ALUMNI DONORS (8.6% Participation)

FROM THE CHANCELLOR Greetings! North Carolina Central University concluded the 2017-2018 year with several record-setting achievements that showcased our institution as a higher education pacesetter in the Triangle Region and the state of North Carolina. June 6, 2018, marked my first year as Chancellor, providing an opportunity to reflect on the university’s path forward. Our enrollment continues to grow, as does our campus, with three major capital projects underway to build five state-of-the-art facilities enhancing the student experience. In August 2017, the four pillars of the The Eagle Promise were introduced as a framework to ensure that students succeed and, ultimately, graduate from NCCU: • Market Ready: Students will acquire the skills become strong candidates in the job market or highly qualified applicants to graduate or professional school upon graduation. • Time to Degree Completion: Students will obtain their degree in only four years, if they follow our suggested pathway. • Become Socially and Globally Engaged: Students will experience opportunities to engage and learn off campus, as well as on-campus opportunities to interact with local, national and international programs and thought leaders. • Proven Leadership: Students will have a chance to experience leadership in co-curricular, community-service and classroom settings. We also have introduced six strategic priorities – ranging from expanding research to building new infrastructure – with a list of action items now underway. In the 2017-18 academic year, we saw our highest enrollment in six years, with 8,207 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. In our December 2017 and May 2018 commencements, the university awarded 1,625 bachelors, masters and professional degrees. Sponsored research and grant activities also were up, setting a record with $26.8 million in external funding. In other good news, fast forward to 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked NCCU at No. 10 on the national list of Historically Black College and Universities and 22 in the category of southern regional public colleges and universities. NCCU was No. 64 overall out of 165 public and private institutions ranked. As we prepare to commemorate our 110th anniversary in 2020, we remain focused on our No. 1 priority, student success. We look forward to the release of a new Strategic Plan and Master Plan in 2019 that will give us a framework for continuing this exciting forward momentum. Please continue with us on this journey! In Truth and Service,

Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D. Chancellor

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1 NCCU celebrated the installation of its 12th Chancellor, Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye, with a four-day ●

community event, including a Pan Hellenic Greek leadership brunch, worship service, TED Talk, international symposium and formal ceremony.

2 The Department of Nursing received a $1 million investment from Blue Cross and ●

Blue Shield of North Carolina. The investment will be applied to scholarships, recruitment and retention efforts to increase enrollment of low-income and rural students; enhanced test preparation for the NCLEX examination; and hands-on

technology training at Eagle General Hospital. 3 The university was the only one of two institutions within the

University of North Carolina System to meet all priority metrics in the first year of the System’s Higher Expectations Strategic Plan. The university saw increased enrollment and graduation rates for low-income students; increased enrollment and graduation rates for students from North Carolina’s rural counties; increases in five-year graduate rates; increased undergraduate efficiency rate; reductions in achievement gaps in undergraduate degree efficiency; a sharper focus on critical workforce needs; and an increase in productive research investments.



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4 The Division of Research and Sponsored Programs secured a record $26.8 million in sponsored research and other ●

funding for the 2017-2018 academic year. The amount exceeded the goal set in the university’s 2017-2018 priorities and strategies

by 21 percent. 5 The Vocal Jazz Ensemble was named Best Choir at the 2018 HBCU Awards ceremony presented by HBCU Digest. The Ensemble also appeared in first-round balloting for the Grammy Awards in the category of Best Jazz Vocal Album. The nomination was for its 2017 release “Take Note,” which covers tunes by artists such as Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis.

6 In January 2018, the university joined the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL), a nuclear physics re● search consortium that also involves researchers and students from UNC Chapel Hill, NC State University and Duke University.

The site is one of only four U.S. Department of Energy Centers of Excellence in nuclear physics. 7 The NCCU men’s basketball team earned its second consecutive MEAC Basketball Tournament Championship title and bid to the NCAA First Four

Tournament in Dayton, Ohio. 8 In August 2017, the university opened the academic year by welcoming nearly 1,711 new first-time freshmen and transfer students.



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NCCU announced a new merit scholarship – The Cheatham-White Merit

Scholarship Program – for 18 top incoming freshmen beginning Fall in 2018. The program is funded with $3.2 million from the North Carolina General Assembly at NCCU and N.C. A&T State University. Awards will cover tuition, room and board, student fees,


books, a laptop computer, supplies and personal expenses, including summer experiences.

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2017-2018 RANKINGS

2 4 NCCU SCHOOL OF LAW is RANKED FOURTH for awarding degrees to African-Americans and in the TOP 50 for all minorities, including those of African, Asian and Hispanic descent.

TOP 20 NCCU was named among the nation’s TOP 15 Historically Black Colleges and Universities and SECOND-HIGHEST among those in N.C.

NCCU ONLINE EDUCATION is among North Carolina’s TOP 20 MOST-AFFORDABLE online higher education options for 2018.

— U.S. News & World Report (2018)

— SR Education Group (2018)

— Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (2017) DEPARTMENT OF NURSING was named one of the MOST- AFFORDABLE accredited nursing degree programs in the state, RANKING FOURTH out of 10 selected nursing programs in North Carolina. — College Choice (2017)




ONLINE EDUCATION at NCCU RANKS 12TH among North Carolina universities for online education.

DIVISION OF GRADUATE STUDIES RANKED NO. 1 among the nation’s top 100 colleges in the number of graduate degrees awarded to African-Americans in physical sciences and library and information science.

— College Choice (2017)

— Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (2018)


NCCU RANKED NO. 22 across all disciplines in awarding BACHELOR’S DEGREES to African-American students in annual rankings of the Top 100 Minority Degree Producers. — Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (2017)

NCCU is among the nation’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities RANKING 13TH out of 101 institutions. — College Consensus (2018)

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NCCU is RANKED NO. 5 for the number of graduate degrees awarded by schools of library and information sciences to all minorities, including those of African, Asian and Hispanic descent. — Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (2017)

The partnership between NCCU and Beijing Language and Culture University (BCLU) helps fulfill the demand for speech language therapists in China, where training programs are scarce.


Making Communication Better Across the Globe Chenjia Liu, a native of China, graduated magna cum laude from the Communications Disorders program in May 2018, becoming the first person to matriculate through the university’s Bilingual Speech Language Pathology partnership formed in 2014. The partnership between NCCU and Beijing Language and Culture University (BCLU) helps fulfill the demand for speech language therapists in China, where training programs are scarce. The collaboration focuses on educational training and research, as well as faculty exchanges, and entrepreneurial activities. BLCU, one of less than 10 universities in China that currently train speech language therapists, recently established a Research Institute for Brain Development and Communication Disorders. NCCU’s Communication Disorders program trains students to assist individuals from infants to the elderly in functions that include swallowing, articulation, language development, cognition, autism and neurodegenerative disorders, with the opportunity for students to obtain hands-on experience through clinics offering one-on-one and group sessions. Liu, the first in her family to attend graduate school in the United States, began her post-college career working for the public school system in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

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Building Upon A Legacy of Truth and Service During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Chancellor’s Office led the university in fulfilling the strategic priorities of The Eagle Promise through multiple initiatives. These included additional grants for new building projects and community engagement activities, as well as an opportunity to enhance the university’s image with the adoption of a new brand identity, the first update in 15 years.

Communications and Marketing £ The Office of Communications and Marketing garnered more than 300 media placements and 200 million impressions for the 2017-2018 academic year, further enhancing and elevating NCCU’s presence in the higher education community and throughout the region. Also rolled out was the NCCU thought-leaders initiative, mobilizing faculty and staff to speak on emerging national and international topics. Nearly 90 percent of media coverage secured was positive and/or neutral in tone. £ NCCU social media handles, in total, received more than 14 million impressions, 68,000 engagements and 15,000 link clicks. NCCU social media engagement met or exceeded higher education and industry standards on all platforms.

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£ In April 2018, as part of the Installation celebration of Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye, the office unveiled a new brand identity to showcase the university’s expanded relevance and vitality as an institution of access and opportunity. The new logo and tagline – Discover what’s Central to you. – incorporated quoins, architectural elements that signify permanence and strength and can be found in NCCU’s historic administration building. In the logo, the quoins were positioned to resemble the wings of an eagle, a symbol of pride and achievement and the university’s mascot.

External Affairs

Legal Affairs

£ The External Affairs Office secured

£ The Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) boosted its training opportunities and enhanced its online presence during the 2017-2018 academic year. The OLA conducted or facilitated 33 educational programming sessions on numerous topics for NCCU faculty, staff and students, including Key Laws That Every Manager Should Know, FERPA, Public Records and Record Retention, Student Accommodations, the Clery Act, Title IX and Retaliation.

$8.6 million through the Legislative Budget/Appropriations Act of 2018 to complete construction of the new School of Business.

£ The office also secured a $25,000

grant through the N.C. Department of Transportation to host the 2018 National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI), exposing minority students from low-wealth communities to STEM careers in the transportation industry.

$8.6 MILLION capital appropriation secured to complete construction of the new School of Business

Human Resources

During the academic year, the Office of Human Resources continued to strategically align resources to build a diverse pool of talented personnel committed to the success of the students, NCCU’s main priority, as well as to developing innovative programs that supported professional development of faculty and staff. £ The Office of Human Resources developed an online training and development catalog of course offerings in response to campus requests for additional training opportunities and partnerships. £ Contracts with PeopleAdmin and

Banner Ellucian were secured to enhance efficiency and accurate implementation of proposals, salary and classification actions.

£ NCCU’s participation rate in the UNC System Employee Engagement Survey was 52 percent, exceeding the UNC System’s goal by two percent. £ The office facilitated The Manage-

ment Development Institute, a six-week leadership program, for 60 mid-level managers.

£ In 2015, the OLA spearheaded an effort to launch a Policies website, a central repository for all policies, regulations and rules on campus. Though the Policies website was launched in 2015, it was further developed and streamlined during the 2017-18 academic year. Additionally, the OLA launched its website in August 2017, featuring information about OLA personnel; FAQs regarding legal topics and the contracting process; and copies of training sessions that have been previously provided by the OLA to the campus. £ To efficiently process public records requests for the university, the OLA debuted the NextRequest portal, a central repository for receiving and responding to public-records requests and requests for student and employee records.

Police/Public Safety £ The University successfully executed a Full-Scale Terrorist Attack Training Exercise focused on preparing the campus community for a response to an active shooter or a terrorist attack.

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Promoting Student Success Through Transformative Giving

The Division of Institutional Advancement fostered a vibrant culture of philanthropy during the 2018-2018 academic year, with investments from individuals, corporations and foundations that provided experiential learning and other educational opportunities for students. More than 6,200 contributors gave generously to assist NCCU in delivering on The Eagle Promise and promoting student success, the university’s No. 1 priority. Gifts to NCCU for the fiscal-year campaign goal

totaled $7,146,702.

£ Corporate giving for the fiscal year increased by 7 percent over the 2016-2017 year thanks to donors such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Corporation Public Broadcasting, Duke Energy, the N.C. Biotechnology Center and Tolero Pharmaceuticals. £ Eighteen endowments totaling $1,059,912 were developed to support scholarships. Overall, the university’s endowment increased by 5 percent during the academic year. £ Donors pledged commitments for 10 new planned gifts during the fiscal year, including the university’s first charitable remainder unitrust gift, a new investment vehicle that provides tax benefits and income for university donors. The $200,000 gift from alumni Rae and Audwin Helton was established in October 2017 through an agreement between the NCCU Foundation and N.C. Gift Planning LLC, which allows NCCU and other medium-sized universities within the UNC System to work together to meet the high financial-reserve minimums required by this type of financial vehicle. £ Alumni from three organizations of North Carolina University’s National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) established permanent legacies at the university by creating endowment funds to support student scholarships. Members of the Alpha Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Gamma Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and Alpha Kappa Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. framed the contributions as annual gifts to ensure ongoing alumni support. An endowed scholarship also was created for student athletes on the men’s and women’s track-and-field sports teams. Contributions for these endowed scholarships totaled $450,000 for the fiscal year.



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£ New engagement programs were rolled out to promote sustained relationships based on alumni connections and stewardship. The programs – “Eagles Let's Talk” and “Eagles in Education” – were implemented in Durham, Wake, Orange, Person and Chatham counties of North Carolina, where the largest percentage of alumni reside. £ Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye traveled throughout the U.S. East Coast on The Eagle Promise Tour where he met with alumni donors and shared university updates. Tour stops included Arlington, Virginia, Goldsboro, North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia.


Quality Student-Life Programming Enriches Learning During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Division of Student Affairs continued to address the holistic development of students through quality programs and services that promote cultural, social and civic engagement. Division of Student Affairs’ programming spoke to leadership development and community engagement that supports student success and enriches the learning and living environment.

Campus Recreation £ The Department of Campus Recreation provided CPR and first aid training certifications for all team leads. £ The Intramural Sports Program expanded its offerings with the development of an indoor soccer league. £ In commemoration of Earth Day, Campus Recreation collaborated with the Men’s Achievement Center and Keep Durham Beautiful to clean NCCU’s campus and surrounding areas. Fifty-nine students participated in the initiative. £ NCCU’s flag football club secured the second-place title in the North Carolina State Flag Football tournament at Campbell University.


was awarded to the Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) leaders for their performance at the Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education’s 2018 Region VI Southern Region Orientation Workshop.

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Diversity and Inclusion

17% INCREASE of students participating in SOAR sessions

£ The Department of Diversity and Inclusion partnered with the National Black Justice Coalition and Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals to host a day-long institute to educate over 80 professionals on the latest diversity and inclusion research findings. £ The department welcomed Latino students with the newly-developed Latino Eagle Preview, Latinos Volando Hacia La Excelencia. The program introduced prospective students to life at NCCU and the admissions process.

Men’s Achievement Center

9,675 JOB POSTINGS created by the Handshake career management system

Career Services and Outreach £ The Office of Career Services and Outreach experienced a 19-percent increase in employer engagement at on-campus recruiting events, including interview days, information sessions and career fairs. Leading organizations that included Wells Fargo, Walmart, Kellogg, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SAS, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Duke Clinical Research offered more than 1,000 internships and career opportunities to students. £ The office transitioned to the Handshake career management system, resulting in 2,250 new recruitment contacts and 9,657 job postings.

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£ Approximately 19 NCCU students were selected to participate in the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s 17th Annual Leadership Institute conference. The institute is one of the largest talent-development and recruitment conferences for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities and predominately black institutions. £ The Enterprise Holdings Foundation awarded the university $2,500 to support career and professional development programs. £ The Office of Career Services and Outreach partnered with American Underground to host the newly-launched NCCU Big Top Networking Event for graduate students and seniors.

£ The Men’s Achievement Center partnered with more than a dozen local agencies to provide community service, as well as enhance the social and emotional development of men of color.

New Student and Family Programs £ The Office of New Student and Family Programs hosted the inaugural Freshmen Leadership Conference, which provided more than 150 first-year students with resources to become effective leaders through critical thinking, decision-making, conflict resolution and communication skills. £ NCCU’s Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) leaders brought home a first-place award for their performance at the Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education’s 2018 Region VI Southern Region Orientation Workshop. £ The number of students participating in SOAR sessions increased by 17 percent. £ The Parent and Family Association welcomed 20 new members to serve on its leadership team.


£ The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) hosted the Student Organization Summit, which engaged more than 100 students from 49 student organizations along with faculty and staff advisors to discuss integral structural topics, including program planning, funding and risk management. £ SGA established the Diversity and Inclusion Board to expand student leadership opportunities in partnership with the Department of Diversity and Inclusion.

Student Engagement and Leadership £ Student Government Association (SGA) executive board member Bettylenah Njaramba was named president of the University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments in 2018. She is the first African-American woman to hold this position for the organization.

Student Counseling Center £ The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration awarded $306,000 to the Counseling Center to provide mental health education. The three-year grant allows NCCU to focus on mental health initiatives by targeting specific student groups, including members of the LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally) community, disabled individuals and veterans. The grant provided funding for Honest Conversations in Safe Spaces, a program that promotes mental health and suicide prevention to the campus community.

$306,000 awarded to the Counseling Center from the Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration

£ SEAL and the Lyceum Committee hosted the 2017-2018 Rock the Lyceum Lecture Series, which welcomed nationally prominent speakers who included media mogul Mona Scott-Young; actress Phylicia Rashad; political strategist and commentator Symone Sanders; and New York Times best-selling author and publisher Zane. £ NCCU’s first Latina-based sorority, Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Inc., received its charter as the Alpha Beta chapter.

£ The Student Counceling Center developed the Suicide Prevention Coordinating Committee, a group of campus and community partners, to combat mental health issues through developing crisis management procedures and conducting focus groups. £ The Counseling Center was awarded $15,000 from the University of North Carolina System to enable five counselors to be certified as mental health first aid instructors, who then will train NCCU students, faculty and staff in mental health first aid techniques. The UNC System also provided $8,242 to develop a collegiate recovery program. £ NCCU was awarded $7,500 from

the HBCU Center for Excellence to develop a peer ambassador program as an add-on to the existing peer education program.

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Spiritual Development and Dialogue £ The Office of Spiritual Development and Dialogue provided traditional worship services and weekly interfaith events attended by more than 2,500 students.

Transportation Department £ A new collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Students established the After Dark Shuttle, a student-operated campus shuttle service provided to students, faculty and staff during the evening hours.

£ The office organized an international

£ The Transportation Department added two 30-passenger shuttles to the campus fleet.

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£ The department received $81,000 from the Triangle J Council of Governments to improve transportation-demand management efforts, including reducing traffic and air pollution by promoting commute alternatives for the 2018-2019 academic year.

mission trip to Nassau, Bahamas, for students in collaboration with local churches and nonprofit groups.

£ The Department of Student Health introduced and implemented the Tobacco and Smoke-Free Policy. £ With new software, the department was able to provide more in-house lab tests and implement the North Carolina Immunization Program for students age 19 or younger who are insured by North Carolina Medicaid.

£ The department introduced the Cycling

Eagles Bike Share Program, the university’s first bike-share program. Cycling Eagles offers a convenient, affordable and healthy way to get around, with cruiser bikes parked at two campus stations allowing members to make on-demand, local trips.

Women’s Center £ More than 300 people participated in the Fifth Annual I’m Every Women Expo and Symposium. The event hosted 15 local minority and women-owned small businesses, including NCCU student businesses. £ The Women’s Center introduced the women’s leadership development series, We WIN! – Women (in) Industry. In partnership with the North Carolina Council for Women, the initiative explored the life experiences of women leaders who are at the pinnacle of their careers. £ The center joined eight historically black colleges and universities in North Carolina in hosting a week-long series of events to provide education and raise awareness about the importance of myths surrounding consent on college campuses. New features for awareness week included a partnership with NCCU’s Student Health, Men’s Achievement Center and Campus Recreation, which provided male students an opportunity to discuss topics associated with consent.

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Breaking New Ground for Science and the Humanities College of Arts and Sciences Throughout the past year, the College of Arts and Sciences has achieved a variety of program enhancements to equip students with skills and knowledge in areas such as geospatial intelligence, pharmaceutical research, humanities education and other fields.

Among the highlights: £ More than a dozen graduate students from the Department of

Biological and Biomedical Sciences and Integrated Biosciences presented scientific research at the SECU Daily Planet Theater inside the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. Scientific topics included the effects of stress on health, benefits of developing personalized vaccines, and the interaction of the environment and genes.

£ The Department of Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences invited

local high school students to attend a transportation careers camp at NCCU. The National Summer Transportation Institute, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and the North Carolina Department of Transportation, was established to spark interest in transportation careers while also providing STEM instruction. £ The Geospatial Sciences program in the Department of Environ-

mental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences was designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and United States Geological Survey. The designation creates a partnership between the agencies and select academic institutions in developing geospatial intelligence, known as GEOINT, which addresses critical issues of homeland and global security, along with natural resources and disaster management.

£ A new concentration in computational science for the master’s

mathematics program was developed to increase individual expertise in statistics. £ NCCU joined the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL),

a nuclear physics research consortium housed at Duke University. Becoming part of the consortium provides the university with greater presence and access to the TUNL facilities and enhances the incentive for students to study physics at NCCU. £ The Department of Theatre and Dance realigned with the

Department of Physical Education and Recreation to offer a dance-education concentration.

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College of Behavioral and Social Sciences £ The Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Department

of Music assistant professor Lenora Helm Hammonds were nominated for a Grammy Award in preliminary balloting for the 60th annual Grammy Awards. Also appearing during the preliminary first-round of voting was the NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, which is comprised of NCCU students, nominated in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category for its 2017 release Take Note. Meanwhile, Rio Dawn, a jazz recording featuring performances by the Vocal Jazz Ensemble under Helm Hammonds’ direction, also earned a first-round Grammy nod for Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals.


Seven College of Arts

and Sciences faculty members were named as Franklin Digital Humanities Institute Fellows. The fellowship program, held in partnership with Duke University, is designed to increase the use of digital tools in the humanities classroom.

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Enrollment growth has led to increases in the numbers of graduates matriculating in key programs within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. The Master of Social Work program and Department of Psychology both have seen enrollment increases. Several academic areas were re-accredited by authorizing agencies, as well, including the Child Development Lab School, which holds a five-star rating from the prestigious National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The Department of Social Work was named the 2017 HBCU Digest


Among the Highlights: £ Several degree programs have post-

ed increases in their numbers of enrolled and graduating students. In May 2018, the Master of Social Work (MSW) program granted 84 degrees, its largest class of graduates. The advanced-standing MSW program enrolled its highest number of students, 34, since its inception in 2015. The End Zone initiative – designed to recruit and enroll students whose college careers were interrupted – led to degree completion for 145 students in the two years since its establishment. The Department of Psychology increased enrollment by 22.6 percent from the previous year. CBSS students now make up 47.5 percent of the overall undergraduate and graduate student population at the university. £ The Department of Social Work was

given the 2017 HBCU Digest Award for Best Social Work Program. £ Several programs received

reaffirmation for reaccreditation, including the Master of Social Work in the Department of Social Work, through 2024, by the Council on Social Work Education. The Child Development Lab School in the Department of Human Sciences received reaffirmation of its five-year accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Additionally, the Child Development Lab School maintained its top-ranked five-star designation after review by the Division of Child Development’s NC Rated Licensing program.

£ The Department of Physical

Education and Recreation was renamed the Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Administration. It also introduced a new concentration in strength and conditioning.


total degrees completed through the End Zone Initiative

£ The Department of Psychology hosted

the annual North Carolina Psychological Association Undergraduate Conference that drew more than 100 students from colleges and universities in the state. £ The Department of Nursing received

$1 million from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina for student scholarships, recruitment and retention, educational training and technology upgrades for the state-of-the-art Eagle General Hospital.

£ The Department of Criminal Justice

received $74,000 in grants, including funds from the Governor’s Crime Commission, which came with national recognition for the department’s Juvenile Justice Institute.

£ The Department of Criminal Justice

also received a $61,600 grant as part of the Academic Affairs Innovation Initiative to implement and evaluate PALSS (Promoting Affordable Learning for Student Success) and to develop webinars on various interdisciplinary topics in Juvenile Justice. Harnessing technology to develop and share the webinars will be a focus of a partnership with the School of Law’s Juvenile Law Clinic and Virtual Justice Project.

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£ The School of Business partnered

with Google to host the Google Computer Science Summer Institute for 40 students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) who are passionate about technology and have dreams of becoming computer scientists. The program provided an opportunity to learn computer science fundamentals under the direction of Google engineers.

£ A Senior Living Community Manage-

School of Business Academic programs in Hospitality and Tourism Administration got a double boost in 2018 by partnering with Wake Technical Community College and gaining approval of a new Senior Living Community Management degree. Eagles majoring in business held their own in the HBCU Battle of Brains, demonstrating knowledge in a variety of academic fields. Meanwhile, the name Google popped up more frequently around campus, with sponsorship by the internet company of a summer STEM institute and awarding of grants in computer science and business.

£ The School of Business was reac-



£ The school extended its partner-

ship with Wake Technical Community College, building on its current Hospitality and Tourism Administration program and helping to create a pipeline for the next generation of hospitality and tourism professionals. The partnership provides a seamless transition from community college to the School of Business and a chance to complete a bachelor’s degree in two years.

credited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a distinction held by only five percent of business programs worldwide. The accreditation is synonymous with the highest standards in business education.

£ Through its partnership with SAS,

£ Seven business students tested

the School of Business established a certificate in statistical analysis.

their knowledge at the second annual HBCU Battle of the Brains competition held in Austin, Texas. The competition provided students an opportunity to strengthen and promote their skills in business, science, technology, engineering and math. £ Computer Science and Business

faculty member Dr. Alisha Malloy received more than $100,000 in grants from Google and IBM.

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ment degree was added to the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Administration curriculum to prepare students for careers in retirement homes and other communities serving the growing aging population. The new degree focuses on management skills for Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC), a type of residential facility that combines independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care.

£ More than 150 students participated

in experiential learning, internships and fellowships at Bank of America, North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, Citrix, Red Hat, IBM, Honeywell and Cisco. £ NCCU’s student chapter of the

Society for Human Resource Management received the organization’s 2018 Superior Merit Award.

When you immerse yourself into a different culture, you find out how capable you are at combating challenges, physically and intellectually. ZAKIYA SMITH

Student Spreads Her Eagle Wings through International Travel Senior business major Zakiya Smith is prepared to make an impact on the world of international marketing. Smith spent the summer of 2017 in England on a Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship sponsored by the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions before traveling in 2018 to Spain, where she got hands-on experience at the Council on International Educational Exchange. The marketing principals she learned at NCCU were invaluable during her time abroad. “I was able to integrate the information I learned at NCCU to write and present a marketing analysis of how to bring a U.S.-based company to the Spanish market,” Smith said. She also thinks her travel experiences will give her an edge in becoming an international marketing analyst. “When you immerse yourself into a different culture, you find out how capable you are at combating challenges, physically and intellectually,” Smith added. While in Barcelona in 2018, she also ventured out to Valencia and Ibiza in Spain, as well as Venice, Italy. To further expand her cultural experiences, she has another voyage – this time to South Africa – set for summer 2019.

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School of Education Among highlights at the School of Education has been a partnership to assist a rural school district through advanced teacher training. The program improves teaching skills throughout the district and gives teachers a better path to career advancement. £ The National Student Speech Language

Hearing Association honored the School of Education’s student chapter with its 2017 Gold Chapter Honors award. Only 26 out of 325 chapters across the nation received the honor at the American Speech-LanguageHearing Association’s annual conference. £ Graduate students Brandi Montgomery

and Crystal Cox were named Albert Schweitzer Fellows and worked in the health field to learn how to effectively address the social factors that impact health.

£ The School of Education assisted

in developing a new partnership with Halifax County Schools to raise educational quality through teacher training and support. Strategies are aimed at recruiting and educating new teachers and helping the district retain current teachers by offering opportunities for educational advancement through programs such as the Teacher Assistant to Teacher Program and the Competency-Based Education Program. £ Three new online courses were

introduced for the college by the Division of Extended Studies: the Master of School Administration, Master of Special Education with an emphasis in Visual Impairment, and a Master of Higher Education Administration.

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School of Graduate Studies The School of Graduate Studies continued to promote and support academic excellence with a centralized and collaborative environment for all graduate students, faculty and staff to reach their educational and career goals. During the 2017-2018 academic year, the School of Graduate Studies made gains in recruitment, retention and support of students across the university, with some 476 students earning advanced degrees in May 2017 and December 2018. £ The graduate school application experience was enhanced

with the launch of the ApplyYourself software program, which contacts and encourages prospective students to complete and submit applications.

£ Travel stipends and support for research presentations were

provided to 17 graduate students. £ Assistantships and tuition assistance were awarded to

215 graduate students during fall 2017 and spring 2018.

£ The 2018 Graduate and Undergraduate Research Symposium

included presentations from 34 graduate students and 46 undergraduate students.

£ The Graduate Dean’s List included 168 students with a

grade point average of 4.0. £ The school hosted a thesis preparation and writing boot camp,

with 35 graduate students in attendance. £ A new graduate program, online versions of four existing

programs and 10 accelerated BS-to-MS programs were launched. Introduced was a new online-only Master of Science in higher education administration and two BS-to-MS programs tying the bachelor’s degree in Public Health Education with either a master’s in Public Administration or Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.

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$499,000 grant received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture

School of Law

MORE THAN $1 MILLION raised by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations

In the 2017-18 fiscal year, a $499,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture led to expansion of the School of Law’s Virtual Justice Program and a series of three intellectual property law symposia that drew more than 700 attendees.

£ The Polycomm Telepresence Room was upgraded to network

with 12 additional sites across North Carolina, bringing the total to 65 sites that will provide legal information to rural areas of the state. £ Significant fundraising progress was made, with more

than $1.08 million raised by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

£ The school developed the PASS Academy to assist students

in preparing to take the bar exam and also provided commercial bar preparation courses to all graduating students. £ An on-campus leadership program was launched for students

utilizing the Emergenetics Profile System. £ The School of Law hosted legal hearings in its courtroom, including

a week-long arbitration and a U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals session, which were open to student observation. £ Faculty and students participated in a Justice Hackathon with the

American Bar Association to focus on improving community-police relations. Faculty and staff also conducted 17 “Know Your Rights” public legal education programs using the Telepresence system.

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THE ADMISSION CYCLE improved to seven business days, the fastest among graduate programs on NCCU's campus

School of Library and Information Sciences The School of Library and Information Sciences (SLIS) focused on increasing enrollment in the graduate degree programs and expanding the visibility and presence of the SLIS program. Other important improvements included an increase in the quality of the student experience and the research output of faculty members. £ The admission cycle improved to seven

£ Professor Ismail Abdullahi received a pres-

£ Faculty publications grew with the publica-

tigious AMA award for making significant contributions to international librarianship. He also serves on the editorial boards of four international journals.

tion of three peer-reviewed articles, one book and one peer-reviewed conference article.

£ SLIS Dean Jon P. Gant joined the Board of

business days, the fastest among graduate programs on NCCU’s campus.

Institute of Museum and Library Service for the school’s new program in Museum Studies and Informatics. The SLIS faculty are also involved with the University of Illinois in a National Science Foundation research project on smart and connected communities.

Directors for the Telecommunication Policy Research Conference, as well as three national and two local boards for digital divide/digital inclusion research and public engagement. He also co-chairs the National Deans Council for Library and Information Programs at the Association of Library and Information Science Education.

£ Faculty provided public service globally

£ SLIS hosted its 27th annual N.C. Serials

£ External funding was received from the

through the American Library Association (AMA) and the International Federation of Library Association by advising various governments through Africa with strategies to develop public library systems.

Conference at UNC's Friday Center that brings together leading publishers and vendors of scientific journals with academic librarians representing universities in the southeastern United States. The event, which raises money for scholarships and fellowships for SLIS students, set a record for net revenue.

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University College During the academic year, University College continued tracking progress of first-year and second-year students toward graduation by creating a learning environment that fosters academic commitment, civic and community responsibility, school pride and life-long learning. £ The university boasted a 82 percent retention

rate for first-time freshmen, an increase from 77 percent the previous academic year.

£ The Testing Center received national certification by the National College Testing Association following a six-month self-assessment. £ The Aspiring Eagles Academy received a

$100,000 grant from the Levine Foundation to expand the program by 25 percent and include student-athletes. £ A STEM Promise Living-Learning Community was developed for 32 first-year students, with common living-learning experiences in the UNIV 1100 course and Benjamin Ruffin Residence Hall. £ A new course addressing academic skills and recovery was implemented for students. £ The Grades First advising system was adopted for all faculty and adjunct instructors.

Distance and Extended Studies The Division of Extended Studies maintains the university’s online portfolio of coursework. Through NCCU Online, the university connects lifelong-learners in any location to NCCU’s top-ranked, web-based academic programs, as well as services, resources, scholarships and financial aid. £ During the 2017-2018 year, the Division of Extended Stud-

ies worked closely with Blackboard Inc. to drive enrollment growth for NCCU Online. The pipeline of qualified prospective students rose significantly during the academic year, resulting in a 150-percent increase in the number of generated inquiries. The number of applications increased by 30 percent over the 2017-2018 year.

£ The NCCU Online programs continued to receive national recognition and rankings during the academic year. Accolades include Best Online Programs 2018 by U.S. News & World Report; No. 17 Best Online College in North Carolina by SR Education Group; Most Affordable Online Early Childhood Bachelor's Degree Program by Top Education Degrees; and Most Affordable Online Master's in Library Science Degree Program by College Choice. £ Significant online enrollment increases are anticipated with the addition of the online master's degree in Mental Health Counseling, Bachelor of Science degrees in Early Childhood Education and Family Consumer Sciences and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology introduced in fall 2017. These programs are designed to reach students who have some college credits and wish to return to higher education to earn a degree.

$100,000 Grant received from the Levine Foundation for the Aspiring Eagles Academy

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Building an Academically Qualified & Diverse Student Populationg

The Division of Enrollment Management is on the front lines of ensuring student engagement and success. From identifying prospective scholars-in-training to providing resources and aid through graduation, the division is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where students can thrive in their NCCU experience.

£ The Office of Transfer Services awarded scholarships to 22 new transfer students. £ The number of undergraduate applications submitted increased by 23.3 percent from the 2016-2017 academic year. £ The loan default rate for the university continued to trend downward and is now at 8.3 percent. The national default rate is 10.2 percent. The university also received the Excellence in Default Prevention award from USA Funds Inc. for the third consecutive year. £ The Office of the Registrar launched the Degree Works module, a comprehensive academic advising, transfer articulation and degree audit solution that assists students with on-time graduation. £ The Admissions Center was remodeled to enhance the prospective student and parent experience.

£ The Division of Enrollment Management announced its first cohort of the Cheatham-White Scholars, recipients of full-ride scholarships created by the N.C. General Assembly in 2017 for incoming freshmen at NCCU and N.C. A&T State University. At NCCU, scholarships were awarded to 18 students out of more than 200 nominations. £ The Office of Scholarship and Student Financial Aid awarded more than 600 students with valuable and relevant work experience opportunities through the Federal Work Study Program.


New transfer students were awarded scholarships

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James E. Shepard Memorial Library The James E. Shepard Memorial Library had a stellar year in offering collaborative programming and information services to the university campus. £ Library staff received a travel grant to represent the uni-

versity at the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, Germany, in April 2018, which addressed the global movement for creating and sharing trustworthy information. They also completed an eight-week Federal Depository Library Program on all aspects of managing depository collections. Shepard Library is a selective Federal Depository Library.

The University Archives, Records and History Center acquired the personal collection of NCCU alumnus and Chancellor Emeritus Julius L. Chambers, including personal library, papers, and other archival material from his career in civil rights, law and as a university administrator. £

Research, Evaluation and Planning During the academic year, the Office of Research Evaluation and Planning provided useful data and resources to support management planning and decision-making for the strategic direction and performance of the university. £ The analytics program was upgraded to better create and modify predictive models. £ University historical files were migrated into the Student Data Mart to increase efficiency and consistent reporting and programming.

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Community Engagement and Service Tomorrow’s leaders are being shaped today on NCCU’s campus. Through opportunities provided by the Office of Community Engagement, students, faculty and staff participate in experiences that help others and build lifetime bonds. From socially driven business development to hands-on labor to build a Habitat for Humanity home, Eagles are making a difference throughout Durham and beyond. £ Three student-entrepreneurs received top honors at the United Way’s

Idea Generation Next: College Edition pitch contest. Jordyn Weaver, Omari Hunt and Tyler Walker were awarded a total of $31,000 to be used toward implementation of their ideas following their pitch presentations at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The contest, sponsored by United Way of the Greater Triangle, encourages viable enterprise proposals for addressing poverty within the Triangle community. £ NCCU students came together to build NCCU’s sixth Habitat for Humanity house to continue university efforts to combat housing security issues in Durham. £ Neils Barringer, a senior food and nutrition major, was recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to community engagement. £ Sophomore Tyler Walker was the first NCCU student named to the 2017 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. Political science major Jordan Thomas followed Walker as the 2018 awardee. £ NCCU continues to serve as host for the largest service event held on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Durham. In collaboration with United Way of the Greater Triangle and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the 2018 event provided volunteer opportunities for more than 1,000 members of the community with numerous benefits for the Durham community.

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Office of International Affairs The Office of International Affairs facilitates applications for international travel for members of the campus community seeking to venture outside of the country for study abroad, cultural exchange, humanitarian aid projects and other purposes. The office is also in charge of assisting visiting faculty, staff and students who travel from abroad to study or work on campus. Among its activities over the past year: £ The Office of International Affairs

processed more than 44 visa and global documents for international research scholars and exchange students from countries, including Nigeria, Kenya, India, Bahamas, China, Canada and Malaysia.

£ The David Hoover Scholarship fund

was developed for students seeking to study abroad. £ A trip to Canada was arranged

for students by the Division of Student Affairs. £ The Global Citizen Certificate

(GCC) was launched in March 2018 to encourage international and global engagement among students.

£ The office co-hosted a delegation

from Afghanistan and officials from the Global Peace Foundation with the School of Education.

£ The office hosted or co-hosted

several programs including the second NCCU International Festival: Celebrating Global Cultures with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership; International Quiz Bowl and International Education Week. £ Several partnerships with

organizations were realized to provide international engagement experiences to students and faculty. They include: The International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), WorldStrides, CAPA The Global Education Network, Institute of international Education (IIE), Diversity Abroad (DA) and Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Six faculty members were sponsored for on-site visits for programs in Ghana, the Dominican Republic and Hungary.

Quishauna McDougle '19

Jada Gannaway '19

Office of University Accreditation The Office of University Accreditation supported several academic and administrative units in their pursuit and maintenance of state and national recognition, accreditation, approval and certification from their respective accrediting organizations. In addition, it managed the process of regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). £ The university received confirmations of continued accreditation and certification from multiple organizations, including

the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for the School of Education; the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council for the environmental health program at the Department of Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences’ environmental health program; the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency-United States Geological Survey for the Department of Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences, which was designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Science; and the Accreditation Council on Education in Nursing for the School of Nursing; and the School of Business accreditation listed earlier on page 20.

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DIVISION of RESEARCH AND SPONSORED PROGRAMS Generated $26.8 Million in Sponsored Research


$26.8 MILLION generated for sponsored research in 2017-2018

total sponsored research funding generated in 2016-2017

NCCU ended the 2017-2018 academic year with a record of $26,820,364 in grants and other funding for sponsored research. The awards include a $3.65 million Research Center in Minority Institutions (RCMI) grant to elevate the university’s health disparities research work. Those funds are part of a $16.3 million award from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). £ The NIH allocation was the largest annual grant

received by NCCU for a non-Title III program and the largest grant awarded to a single principal investigator, Deepak Kumar, Ph.D., director of the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI).

£ Additional funding will be used in other areas

of campus, from STEM disciplines to programs in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and School of Education that are producing advances in criminal justice, communication disorders and other disciplines. £ In 2016-2017, NCCU’s totals topped the

list of sponsored funding for master’s-level institutions in the University of North Carolina System, with $21,728,597. Of note was the more than $3 million received by BBRI in fiscal year 2017 to support groundbreaking research into health issues that disproportionally affect minority and underserved populations. The work also provides students with hands-on research experiences leading to careers in the biomedical sciences.

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£ NCCU exceeded the $21.5 million goal set

in the university’s 2017-2018 priorities and strategies program by expanding funding for health disparities, a key area of research at our two research institutes.

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A few of the largest awards in the 2017-2018 academic year were secured by: £ Deepak Kumar, Ph.D., director, Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute:


RCMI Center for Health Disparities Research (National Institutes of Health). £ Caesar Jackson, Ph.D., professor, Department of Mathematics and

Physics: The DREAM STEM Project: Enhancing Academics, Entrepreneurship, and STEM Career Pathways (National Science Foundation). £ Ricardo Richardson, Ph.D., director of Cancer Program, Department of

Biological and Biomedical Sciences: NCCU-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Partnership in Cancer Research (National Institutes of Health). JACKSON


£ Branislav Vlahovic, Ph.D., professor; director of CREST and NASA

Research Centers: CREST Phase II: Computational Center for Fundamental and Applied Science and Education (CCFASE) at North Carolina Central University (National Science Foundation) and NSF-RISE: Enhancement of Research and Education Infrastructure in Nanobiomaterials, Biophysics, Biochemistry, and Environmental Science and Engineering (National Science Foundation). £ Gregory Cole, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Biological and



Biomedical Sciences: Mechanisms of Alcohol Pathology: A Collaborative Partnership Between NCCU & University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (National Institutes of Health).


Promoting ethical and effective management of university resources

The Division of Administration and Finance continued to showcase its investment in the administrative and financial success of NCCU through efficient, ethical and effective business practices that supported the growth of the institution.

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Business and Auxiliary Services


£ A new partnership with local food trucks

feature launched to allow real-time interaction with an ITS technician

was established to increase food variety and offerings to the campus community. New payment options for food truck dining include meal plan flex dollars.

£ New software to better manage Eagle ID Card

accounts was implemented, adding the ability to request outside funds and report stolen cards.




£ A direct-deposit enrollment option for

Parent Plus loan refunds was initiated.

Facilities Management

installed in partnership with NCCU Police

£ Phase II of the Baynes Residence Hall renovation

was completed, which includes the installation of new elevators and a generator. Phase III of the project began with plans to provide interior painting, a new roof, upgraded flooring, an additional fire alarm and emergency lighting improvements.

£ Design of the new Student Center was completed,

which will provide improved spaces for students to interact and learn. £ A Public Private Partnership (P3) developer was

selected to build new residence halls, adding a total of 1,250 beds to campus.

£ Development of the 2018-2028 Comprehensive

Master Plan continued. It will include strategies and recommendations for building and facilities development, improvements to infrastructure, updated campus standards, and a forecast for potential land acquisition.

£ Construction began on a state-of-the art TV studio

in the Farrison-Newton Communications Building. £ Advanced planning for a new School of Business

was concluded and the schematic design begun.

Purchasing £ The Ticket Office added the UStudent

Ticketing module with online e-ticketing and print-at-home delivery for students.

Information Technology Services The Information Technology Services (ITS) unit continued to enhance its services to focus on student success, faculty and staff support, community engagement and university security. £ Six Technology Enhanced Classrooms were renovated with

new and improved projection and audio equipment, as well as technology to increase student engagement. £ Banner® 9 Admin pages were implemented to allow full

browser support across Chrome, Firefox, Safari and MS Edge. £ The university website was migrated to a new network to

ensure it remains available, secure and responsive. £ Deployment of a new storage network increased the amount

of data storage space on campus by 30 percent. £ In partnership with NCCU Police, ITS began installation of a

new state-of-the-art security system, which includes more than 1,000 cameras and access control for more than 300 doors on campus. Phase I was completed with the installation of cameras and access control in 10 buildings, and Phase II has commenced with the residential halls.

£ More than 1,300 participants took part in the annual

Technopalooza fair. £ ITS launched a live chat feature for the NCCU community to in-

teract in real-time with a technician regarding technology issues. £ Microsoft Imagine Academy users increased by 50 percent.

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Department of Athletics The Department of Athletics continues to produce winners on and off the field of play. During the 2017-2018 academic year, student-athletes obtained high scholastic achievement alongside division titles and accolades. Student-athletes also contributed substantially through community service in the region. £ Student-athletes had an overall GPA of

27 students held a 4.0 GPA


students earned a 3.0 or higher

3.0 at the end of the Spring 2018 term, with 142 students earning a 3.0 or higher. The overall Academic Progress Rate, or APR, for the 2017-2018 academic term was 955.

£ At the conclusion of the Fall 2017 se-

mester, 27 students held 4.0 GPAs.

£ Student-athletes contributed more than

6,000 hours of community service, placing NCCU fifth among NCAA Division I schools in the number of community service hours completed.

£ The NCAA Division I National

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) named NCCU as winner of the Break the Stigma contest. The video submitted by NCCU’s SAAC group, which promoted mental health awareness, took the top spot among all Division I student groups participating.

£ Other accomplishments include a

record-breaking year for the Eagles baseball team, which during the 2017 season recorded the most wins in university history – 28. Men’s tennis also had a winning season, advancing to the MEAC Tournament quarterfinals.

£ The men’s basketball team won its

third MEAC tournament title, which earned a trip to the NCAA Division 1 First Four Men’s Basketball Tournament for the third time in school history.

£ Women’s track and field team members

earned silver medals in the women's triple jump during the 2018 MEAC Outdoor Track and Field championship.

£ The softball team advanced to the

MEAC Tournament semifinals for first time, finishing in third place.

£ The men’s track team secured fourth

place in the Championship of America Invitational competition for the 124th running of Penn Relays.

£ Student-athletes received a number

of MEAC honors, including: baseball player of the year and men’s tennis player of the year, as well as the MEAC Tournament’s most outstanding performer.

£ A new collaboration with Sodexo

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and NCCU’s Department of Public Health Education established the NCCU Athletics Fueling Station, which provides studentathletes nutritious snacks and drinks.







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