UNC Board of Governors talks school accomplishments, help for primary care field

Nov. 09, 2013 @ 02:11 PM

During the president’s report at the Board of Governors meeting Friday at N.C. State University's Hunt Library, UNC system President Tom Ross highlighted a $1.16 million grant that  N.C. Central University recently received from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.

The money will help provide 50 scholars with tuition and stipends who will graduate with degrees or licensure in the field of visual impairments, as well as pay for technology that can be used within NCCU’s Visual Impairment Training Program, and help develop a mentoring program.

Ross also gave recognition to UNC-Chapel Hill for the $54.6 million Clinical and Translational Science Award it recently received from the National Institutes of Health to improve the health status of North Carolinians.

UNC-Chapel Hill also received praise for being No. 21 in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of schools that have produced the most Fulbright Scholars, a program that promotes international education exchange.

Fourteen UNC scholars received Fulbright awards.

In other Board of Governor news, J. Craig Souza, chair of the UNC Educational Planning, Policies and Programs Committee, said board members are monitoring the national waning interest in the primary care field, which is causing problems in rural areas that need more primary care physicians.

The board will work to increase the number of medical school graduates entering primary care, Souza said.

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