Carney said. “It’s sort of like the Hippocratic Oath — do no harm.”
He believes the college could make a
case for moving undergraduates into both
the law school (which will leave the main
campus and build at Carolina North within
the next decade) and the adjacent School
of Government (if that school decided to
move). He figures that to get to 33,000,
UNC would need an even bigger infusion
of money than the cost of the new $390
million science complex.
“All the building we’ve done recently
has been toward a goal we’ve already
exceeded,” said Carol Tresolini, associate
provost for academic initiatives. “I think it’s
going to take a tremendous creativity to
take care of the enormous needs and do it
in a way that doesn’t compromise the character of the campus.”
Before he left UNC last summer to be
at the Seams
The rats in Davie Hall couldn’t care less about overcrowding. They’re high on cocaine, they’re hooked to
IVs that run back to the stash, and they’re trained to
push a pedal when they want a hit.
The researchers who work with them, not so comfortable.
Who didn’t take some psych? It’s now the second most
popular undergraduate major, behind biology. But it has moved
far beyond the image of the white-coated guy smoking a pipe
and toting a clipboard.
Sophisticated imaging equipment is crammed into an old
classroom converted to a lab, where human brain activity and
stimulus response are studied. In the basement the rats are helping delve into the health consequences of drug use — addiction, withdrawal and relapse. Outside the animal room, hallway
traffic competes with file cabinets, scientific equipment, a table
laden with syringes.
While chemistry and physics stretch their
legs in new labs and classrooms built in the
boom of the past decade, psychology —
itself increasingly a hard science — is set
apart in Davie, built in the 1960s when
psych was an academic infant.
The undergraduate program has ranked
consistently in the U.S. News & World
Report top 20, and the clinical and developmental graduate programs are top- 10. Of
thousands of seats in psych classes, just 10
went unfilled this fall.
“We’re basically kind of busting at the
seams,” said department Chair Don Lysle. Davie has 45,000 square
feet, and the department’s identified need is twice that. Its overflow is scattered in a campus building that probably will be razed
soon, plus two off-campus leased sites, and the department is
moving some offices and classrooms next door into Howell Hall,
which by any standard is in serious need of renovation and repair.
The quest to adapt the campus for a 17 percent enrollment
surge over the next decade exacerbates the department’s worries. “It’s a mammoth task to grow the University by that percentage of students,” Lysle said.
Luckily, psych is the poster child for the problem UNC
faces keeping up with growth, said Bruce Carney, who headed
a space needs study in the College of Arts and Sciences for four
years before becoming its interim dean.
The drawing board shows a new building — about 100,000
square feet — in the science community where the Naval
Armory now sits. The University has asked the state to fund it.
But it will be at least five years into the enrollment expansion
before anything gets started there.
“We have to get that building built,” Carney said. “By any
metric you choose, they are one of our top departments.”
— David E. Brown ’ 75
provost at the University of Richmond,
Steve Allred ’ 74 — who chaired the enrollment policy advisory committee that is
leading the discussion on growth — wondered, “At what point does the place lose
Where we’re flying
Certainly the University community
was worried about rapid growth when Bill
Aycock ’ 37 (MA) became chancellor in
1957. Enrollment had exploded 165 percent in the previous decade after World
War II ended. It would jump another 89
percent in the next 10 years. Aycock
preached the need to grow as the state’s
college-going population grew.
He said Carolina was “not only willing
but eager to admit each qualified person,
provided we are given resources to grow
greater as we grow larger.”
That second phrase is the key today, too.
UNC’s leaders, already concerned about
Carter said he
saw the mandate
to grow as ‘the
was ready to go
to the UNC
System and say
rather opt out.
‘is hard to sell
and it’s hard
to sell on Jones
Street,’ where the