is to identify
decamp them to
want to keep our
education on the
where you have to dissect a cat.”
In the admissions game, Steve Farmer
said UNC must get more faculty and students involved in telling UNC’s story. Reputation is vital — students network so
much better these days: If prospects see
their best classmates going to UNC, he
said, it sends a message; if they see them
going elsewhere, it sends another message.
Also, Farmer said, Carolina must be a
better player in merit scholarships. Often a
modest merit scholarship, say $2,500, can
bring back a prospect who has been
offered a full ride by a school that doesn’t
measure up to Carolina.
With few exceptions, the top N.C. students who don’t choose Carolina go to
school out of state. It means they’re much
less likely to bring their knowledge and talents back to the Tar Heel economy. “They
[the N.C. General Assembly] know that’s a
risk we can’t come close to accepting,”
Farmer said. (The 2008 legislative session
gave the 16 campuses all of the $35 million
they wanted to cover enrollment growth.)
director of facilities
Each of the following maybes — most
are in the talking stage, but something of
this scale will be needed — promise significant changes to the landscape from
Cameron Avenue on the north to Mason
Farm Road on the south.
Administrators are talking about the possibility other professional schools besides law
— perhaps government and parts of public
health — could relocate to Carolina North.
The law school building is being eyed
as an undergraduate social sciences complex. But will that space be adequately
configured to take in those programs?
That’s one reason law is moving out.
Undergraduates now go to class in contiguous buildings on McCorkle Place, Polk
Place and the science complex; at best, this
kind of solution would require extensive
pedestrian traffic rearrangement.
“I think the general strategy is to identify graduate schools that are primarily
stand-alone and decamp them to Carolina
North,” Anna Wu said. “We obviously want
to keep our undergraduate education on
the main campus.” College of Arts and Sciences officials already have been walking
through the law school to assess the possibilities.
The top-ranked School of Information
and Library Science probably will move to
a new building on one of the few remaining open sites, just west of the business
school on the southern edge of the campus
(perhaps freeing Manning Hall to house
the College of Arts and Sciences and the
Davie Hall has outlived its usefulness
and likely will be replaced.
Still-standing parts of Odum Village,
formerly married student housing, have
been coveted for a park-like green space in
the area where most on-campus students
live. But the explosive growth of health-related research could demand more of that
How the Mason Farm site, now home
to the Friday Continuing Education Center roughly a mile east of the main campus,
would fit in is undetermined at this time.
Carolyn Elfland has been thinking that
moving more classrooms to South Campus
would help even the load on dining halls.
But she’s also studying expanding Lenoir
Hall and building more, smaller venues.
Marty Pomerantz knows the main campus is used up for recreation fields, and he’s
looking at some “away games” — building
four to six fields at Carolina North.
“I think about not just the types of
buildings people need to live in and go to
class and eat their meals in, but how people
navigate the campus and find smaller
groups they can be comfortable with in a
large setting,” Peggy Jablonski said. She
pointed to a vintage painting of McCorkle
Place on her wall, with open space as the
dominate feature. “They need spaces just to
sit on the grass and play on the playing
This is fairly gradual growth, but we
didn’t find anybody on the faculty or staff
familiar with the issue who wasn’t concerned about how the University was
going to build fast enough to keep up.
“You want to think carefully about
what happens when you add 100 students,” Joe Templeton said. “One hundred
doesn’t sound like much on top of thousands, but …”
DAVID E. BROWN ’ 75 is the Review’s
senior associate editor. The Review plans to
continue coverage of enrollment expansion in
the magazine’s next annual in-depth look at
the subject of admissions, in the March/April