The legacy of opportunity and excellence is thriving today at UNC Greensboro. We are recognized for providing not just access to a vast array of students, but also for our tenacious commitment to student success. Through our research and creative activity, we are known and respected for addressing inequities across key domains in which significant demographic gaps remain, such as health and education. Even more, UNC Greensboro is a nationally renowned leader in closing achievement gaps, serving traditionally underrepresented groups and providing a truly transformative environment for one of the most diverse student populations in the state system.
As a public institution of the State of North Carolina, more than 90% of our students come from the state – many from central North Carolina. Even more, of our roughly 120,000 living alumni, 30,000 live within 25 miles of campus, and 80,000 live within 100 miles. As a key figure in the Triad region, we are intricately tied to our community. We share a place, a fate, and a responsibility for being an active partner in the future of both.
The Millennial Campus Districts at UNC Greensboro will build on this historic commitment to opportunity, excellence, and impact. By supporting new public-private partnerships, collaborative research projects, and community-engaged research, the Millennial Campus Districts will facilitate enhanced University-community interaction in ways that are physically, economically, and culturally interwoven with our surrounding community. UNC Greensboro’s strongly held commitment to service, community impact, and civic engagement, as well as our steadfast commitment to academic excellence, will inform development within the Districts and promote a roster of programming that prioritize hands-on learning and employment opportunities for our students. At the same time, the Districts will add value to the University, enhancing its research capacity, establishing new partnerships, and strengthening its role in driving economic development activity in the greater Greensboro community.
The UNC System’s strategic plan, Higher Expectations, calls for campuses to identify and highlight their areas of academic distinction. UNCG has identified two areas of distinction that emerge directly from our own strategic plan: Health and Wellness and Visual and Performing Arts. The Millennial Campus Districts will focus primarily on these two areas of distinction, building on our existing strengths and world-class programs in these areas.