THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2004
ECSU, ECU cited as positive models
BY WHITNEY ISENHOWER
The graduation rate gap
between whites and other students
at U.S. public universities is at an
alarming high, according to a
report issued last week.
“A Matter of Degrees:
Improving Graduation Rates in
Four-Year Colleges and
Universities,” a report issued by
think tank The Education Trust,
states that the graduation rates of
low-income and minority students
are consistently lower than those
of their peers.
Nationwide, the report states,
only 7 percent of lower-income
students earn a bachelor’s degree
by age 26, as opposed to 60 per
cent of higher-income students. At
UNC-Chapel Hill, 82 percent of
white students graduate in six
years, compared with 70 percent of
Kevin Carey, the report’s author,
said researchers found an average
gap of 10 percent to 11 percent
between white students and black
students at most institutions, put
ting the University right along the
trend line. '
Still, he added, some universi
ties are doing well.
“Among the schools that suc
ceeded their peers, the common
thread is that they are not leaving
the issue of student progression
through college to chance,” Carey
His report states that two
schools in the UNC system
Elizabeth City State University and
East Carolina University are
performing exceptionally well in
lessening the gap.
Of the 2,000 students at ECSU,
a historically black college, about
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three-fourths are black. Two-thirds
have household incomes that could
qualify them for federal Pell Grants.
Still, in 2002, ECSU had a grad
uation rate of 60 percent for its
black students and 53 percent for
all students. Its peer institutions
average 37 percent for blacks and
39 percent for all students.
Carey said that in his talks with
Carolyn Mahoney, ECSU’s provost
and vice chancellor for academic
affairs, Mahoney said the school’s
success comes from a focus on eas
ing students’ transition from high
school to college, promoting a con
nection between students and
campus and having a mandatory
attendance policy for all classes.
And ECU, die third-largest
school in the UNC system, boasts a
54 percent graduation rate for all
students and a 60 percent rate for
black students. Like ECSU, it per
forms well when stacked up
against its peers: ECU’s sister
schools have a 41 percent gradua
tion rate for all students and a 32
percent rate for blacks.
Carey said a variety of factors
help close the graduation gap.
Making college more affordable,
improving secondary education
preparation for college, focusing on
the first year of college and
strengthening academics and advis
ing all contribute to better rates.
At UNC-Chapel Hill, Provost
Robert Shelton said the University
Works hard to decrease its gap.
“It’s just making sure we don’t
leave people hanging out there,
waking up in four years and realiz
ing they don’t have the credits to
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Tour aims to reach out to citizens
Database initiated to inform state
BY FRED LAMECK
Chancellor James Moeser
announced his plans last week to
tour the state in order to strength
en the connection between the
University and N.C. residents.
During their May 27 meeting,
Moeser told members of the UNC
Board of Trustees that he plans to
visit all regions of the state and
commit a significant amount of
time to his public service initiative,
During the tour he will be high
lighting the ways the University
serves the communities and the
people of North Carolina.
“Our message is that the
University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill serves North Carolina
every day in meaningful, relevant
ways,” Moeser said in a press
release. “In short, ‘Carolina
As he travels across the state
Moeser will be discussing the
University’s work in economic
development, healthcare and pub
lic education. He will be spealdng
with community leaders, elected
officials, alumni and parents.
A number of UNC administra
tors will join Moeser in his trips
across the state, including Mike
Smith, dean of the School of
UNC to launch cell phone initiative
BY JOSEPH R. SCHWARTZ
UNC is forging ahead into the
information age, adding cell
phones to its already expansive
Campus officials hope to roll out
the new Carolina Wireless
Initiative by the time C-TOPS
begins next week.
The program will offer students
cell phones with Cingular service
at a low cost and eventually will
provide link up opportunities to
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Government, and William Roper,
dean of the UNC School of
Moeser will not only be inform
ing citizens of the University’s
work in their communities but is
also planning to find out more
opportunities for UNC to connect
with the state and its issues.
Moeser also announced at the
BOT meeting the debut of the new
Public Service Database. He said
the database is intended to be a
source of help for the state. The
database, produced by the
Carolina Center for Public Service,
catalogues more than 700 projects
across all 100 of North Carolina’s
The purpose of the of the
Internet database is to give an
account of the ways the University
is serving the different areas of the
state. It also allows users to find
out how to get involved in many of
the University’s projects, said Lynn
Blanchard, director of the Carolina
Center for Public Service.
“We hope the database will help
interested parties learn about pub
lic service the University is
engaged in, where it is happening,
who the community partners are,
and how to contact someone at the
University to learn more,”
Blanchard said in a press release.
ranging in cost from free to
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Phones will be serviced through
the Academic Technology and
Networks, which also fixes laptops.
Although CWI is a completely
voluntary program, Associate Vice
Chancellor John Oberlin said that
eventually it will act as a supple
ment to the Carolina Computer
“What we’re trying to do is pro
vide a lower cost solution with bet
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he said. “But in time... we’ll start
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The database allows users to
search for projects by location and
access links on a state map. Users
can also look up specific UNC
organizations such as the Campus
Y or UNC collaborators like A
Each of the projects contain
links and contact information that
allow users to get more informa
tion, Blanchard said.
Blanchard said that as Moeser
travels around the state she hopes
to add more projects to the data
bringing more and more truly aca
He said CCI has spawned an e
mail revolution on campus with
students packing computer labs to
check their inboxes.
Students who choose to buy one
of the high tech cell phones would
be able to avoid the lines and
check e-mail on their phones.
Oberlin said a lot more innova
tive applications could be added
further down the road.
Students could use the CWI
phones to check Blackboard and
the campus calendar for assign
ments and class cancellations.
Cingular was selected to pro
vide the service because they have
the most cutting edge technology
at the most affordable price,
Officials hope that eventually
the phone will utilize five-digit
dialing for campus calls and
Cingular offers the greatest proba
bility of achieving this goal,
All of the exciting innovations
aside, Oberlin said at the very
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“UNC-Chapel Hill is a public
university and has a real legacy of
serving the community,” Blanchard
said Tuesday. “The chancellor’s
tour of the state reminds us this
The database can be accessed
through the “Search the Public
Service Database” link at
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least the service will be cheaper
than going through an outside
“One of ways we intend to get
lower prices is to buy a couple
thousand phones at one time,” he
said. “(Currently) Any one Stu
dent is kind of at the whim of the
Oberlin said that students
shouldn’t expect the phones to
offer all of the new technology
immediately but the program is
young and will progress quickly.
“It’s going to do some really neat
things over time,” he said. “You
have to start somewhere and this
is the pilot.”
The phones can be ordered
through the CWI Web site:
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