FROM THE HILL
Up Almost 14 Percent
With the close of the final dead- line for admission for fall 2017, the University has achieved a
12th consecutive record for freshman applications. The 40,792 applications received
as of Jan. 18 reflects an increase of 13. 7
percent from the previous year. It’s also the
second-largest increase in the past 25 years.
“We continue to be humbled by the
The University accepted transfer appli-
interest shown in us by so many terrific
students from all over the world,” said Ste-
phen Farmer, vice provost for enrollment
and undergraduate admissions. “We know
that these young people have many choices
for college, and we are grateful that they
are considering Carolina. We will treat
every one of them with the greatest care
Those who applied in October received
their decisions by the end of January; those
who applied in January should receive their
decisions by the end of March.
cations through Feb. 15 from students
enrolled at other institutions.
“Transfer admission continues to be
a popular option for students who aren’t
joining us right out of high school or need
more time to get ready,” Farmer said.
Carolina expects to enroll a freshman
class of 4,200 and an additional 800 stu-
dents as transfer students.
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■ H.R. McMaster ’ 94 (MA, ’ 96 PhD),
tapped as national security adviser, has been
called the quintessential soldier-scholar. His
controversial book on the Vietnam War
was developed from his work as a graduate
student at UNC in the 1990s.
■ UNC has a fourth consecutive Gates
Cambridge Scholar, a medical student who
will do graduate study at Cambridge.
■ A new research initiative at UNC is
aimed at the problem of opioid addiction.
■ A senior and a 2015 graduate
have been chosen for the China-based
Schwarzman Scholars program, which is
modeled on the Rhodes Scholarship.
Carolina and N.C. State are launch- ing a joint online program for peo- ple who have been hired to teach
in N.C. schools but haven’t yet been fully
certified to work in classrooms.
The program is intended to help the
state address its widening teacher shortage
by providing a new avenue for lateral-entry
teachers. Lateral-entry teachers are people
who have content knowledge who have
been hired to fill teaching vacancies but
lack a teaching license.
“We expect that this new initiative
will bring to bear strengths of our two
campuses in helping the state of North
Carolina address a critical need,” said Fouad
Abd-El-Khalick, dean of UNC’s School
of Education. “This initiative will help
improve learning for tens of thousands of
school students across the state.”
The program, to be offered completely
online, will be open to lateral-entry
teachers in the fall. It will be offered in a
partnership with D2L, a company that
provides online platforms for university
courses and has experience establishing and
maintaining online competency-based
In its first year, the program will have
capacity for about 50 participants, but it
is being designed to expand quickly, said
Diana Lys, assistant dean for educator
preparation at UNC’s School of Education
and one of the effort’s organizers.
“We’ve designed this program to make
it convenient for working lateral-entry
teachers, making it possible for them to
master the competencies they need while
they remain in their jobs and to gain
knowledge that will help strengthen their
effectiveness,” Lys said.
The accelerated program should take
participants 12 to 18 months to complete
and cost less than $5,000, she said.
School districts are having to rely more
heavily on hiring lateral-entry teachers
to fill vacancies, said Michael Maher,
assistant dean for educator preparation and
accreditation at N.C. State’s College of
Education and another of the program’s
organizers. But lateral-entry teachers leave
the profession at a rate 79 percent greater
than other teachers.
North Carolina employs more than
4,300 lateral-entry teachers, according to
a 2015 report by the State Board of Edu-
cation. More than 850 of them work in
school districts near UNC and N.C. State.
UNC, NCSU Offering Online
Lateral-Entry Teaching Program
A student teacher at work in a school in Hillsborough.
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