News Argus, February 2000
Edwards visits campus, talks to
students about Floyd and politics
Winston-Salem Stdtc witnessed historic
moment. For the first time, a United States'
senator visited the school.
Senator John Edwards, D-N.C., recently
came to WSSU to tell students that he is
working for them.
Edward's main topic was llurricane Floyd,
which devasted eastern North Carolina. He
also spoke about lobbying to receive mone
tary aid for the state's hurricane victims.
"Sometimes the people in Washington just
dt)n't live in the real world," said Edwards,
referring to how the leaders in Washington,
D.C., were willing to put off aid for the hurri
Edwards supports the betterment of public
schools. 1 le claims to have received more
money to get more teachers, but admits that
the state's school systems need more help.
"We don't have a level playing field. Some
of our kids go to school in
trailers. We can do better
* than that."
Edwards says that more
. ■ after-school programs are
needed and he is against the
reoccurrence of segregated
"1 grew up in a nonsegre-
gated school and I feel that
Edwards it's very important to be in a
nonsegregated school sys
Me recognized the underfunding of histori
cally black universities.
"HBCU's have historically been underfund
ed. It needs to be improved. People have
to advocate for it."
Edwards says he enjoys representing North
Carolina, but admits that he does not have
the answer for everything.
"I've learned a lot. I'm still learning," he
Edwards, 47, was sworn into office on Jan.
6, 1999, becoming the 51st North Carolinian
in history to serve in the U.S. Senate.
He was the first person in his family to go
to college, graduating from North Carolina
State University with honors in 1974. He
earned a law degree with honors in 1977
from the University of North Carolina.
Edwards was called a "rising star" by the
Winston-Salem Journal and was in a front
page article in the Wall Street Journal as a
senator who "impresses colleagues in behind-
He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Raleigh,
N.C., with their two daughters, Katie, 17, and
Emma Claire, one. The family recently
bought a house in Washington.
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Institutional SACS Self-Study Report
Subcommittees of the SACS Self-Study Steering Committee reviewed the six chapter reports of the
Institutional Self-Study October 15-November 3, 1999. The review was designed to determine (1) the
extent to which the principal committees had addressed the 400 plus SACS criteria; (2) areas of compli
ance and non-compliance; and (3) actions needed to comply with criteria. Revisions made by the Steering
Committee were incorporated into chapter reports. Completed chapters (I, II, VI) were given to the editor
ial Committee for further refinement.
Two issues required further data collection and analysis. One issue involved the adequacy of faculty
salaries compared with our peer institutions (Elizabeth City State University and the University of North
Carolina at Asheville) and other liberal arts universities in North Carolina. The other issue involved the
maintenance of the physical environment. Individuals and sub-committees are completing the analysis;
the results will be reported in the next draft of the self-study report.
The SACS Criteria provide standards by which the institution can measure its effectiveness in achieving
its mission. The primary mission is to offer quality educational baccalaureate programs to diverse and
motivated students. To be reaffirmed, we must present evidence that the university has adequate
resources to accomplish its mission. In analyzing the available data, the Steering Committee found that 23
percent of our programs are accredited by professional accredited bodies , 92.7 percent of our 1995-96
graduates say they have jobs directly or somewhat related to their major compared with the UNC average
of 82.3 percent, and 97 percent of our graduate school enrollees said they were well or adequately pre
pared for graduate school, compared with the UNC system's average of 93 percent. Based on input from
the faculty and the review of available data, the Steering Committees has noted that the institution could
be greatly improved with additional resources in the areas of technology, laboratories, and building main
tenance, and facilities. The Steering Committee concluded that students are getting a good, low-cost edu
cation, which has been recognized in such reports as the 1999 US News and World Report. Faculty are pro
viding educational programs that meet the standards set by national accrediting bodies. Funding has been
identified for improving technology and renovating and repairing facilities. The Steering Committee's
conclusion is that current funding is adequate to achieve WSSU's mission.
The co-ciirectors, Merdis McCarter and Carolynn Berry, presented a report at the September 22 meeting of
the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees. Four chapters of the report were to be discussed
with Board of Trustees at the Dec. 17th meeting. A forum for faculty and staff to provide additional com
ments about the self-study process was to be provided Monday, Jan. 10, 2000 during Spring Opening
Assembly. The third draft of the institutional self-study report will be distributed prior to the end of the
fall semester. In addition, sections of the report will be sent to units referred to in the report for their input.
A forum for students will be held Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. One-page summary sheets will be distributed in class
prior to the forum, McCarter said. The meeting location had not yet been set.
Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to volunteer to assist with final preparations for the SACS Visit
scheduled April 3-6, 2000. Individuals may volunteer to serve on the following committees: Hospitality,
Transportation, and Computers & Telecommunication Equipment. Contact McCarter at 750-2204 or Berry
in the SACS Office, O'Kelly Library , Room 202; 750-3045.