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Everything you can imagine

When you’re reviewing the Key Messages, remember that we still need to develop themes for the supporting facts — themes that show impact [preferably involving multiple colleges] on issues that matter.  The supporting material that follows is grouped around areas that seem to make sense, but we need your input.


Everything you can imagine

NC State, the largest university in North Carolina, provides big-school opportunities in a global innovation hot spot while fostering a tight-knit community in one of the nation’s most desirable places.

Producing leaders for the state, nation and world

Creating educational innovation

Our faculty members are thought leaders in their field—for example, Ann Ross, Walt Wolfram and Mike Walden are very NC focused. Find other faculty members who work internationally—maybe anthropology profs or engineering profs who collaborate with colleagues overseas.

Location and opportunities

To apply education through internships, research, co-ops and study with some of he world’s leading scientists and industry partners—locally, nationally, internationally.

Students’ senior projects involve real problems and collaboration with companies: Ex. College of Textiles, Engineering, Design

NC State’s Centennial Campus is home to industry, private-sector, non-profit, and governmental organizations, working alongside university faculty, staff and students.

NC State has 57 Centers & Institutes with 158 industry members including global partners such as DuPont, ExxonMobil, General Electric, Procter & Gamble, Qianjiang Group Co., Ltd., RWTH Aachen University, Germany, Samsung, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Texas Instruments

NC State Entrepreneurship Initiative:  Faculty, administrators, industry and outreach partners collaborate to provide courses, trips and tours, outreach, funding opportunities, networking, and innovative space to meet student entrepreneurial needs.

IES places students within companies to solve real-world problems and get real-world experience. The companies pay for help solving specific problems while the students are mentored by an IES professor.

NC State is home to The Science House, a national model for improving access to and quality of STEM education. Through its main office of Centennial Campus, five satellite offices across North Carolina and its online programs, The Science House annually impacts more than 5,000 teachers and 35,000 students – including significant outreach to underrepresented populations and communities.

Technology in learning

NC State is the birthplace of WebAssign and SCALE-UP, advances in teaching and learning techniques and technologies that have been adopted at colleges and universities around the world.

Virtual Computing Lab: NC State University is the designated technology flagship for the UNC system. In 2004, the Virtual Computing Lab started as a joint venture of the College of Engineering and the Office of Information Technology to efficiently use hardware investments and to provide remote access to a wide range of advanced computer requirements by both NC State students, faculty, and researchers. With the ongoing support from the COE, OIT, academic and corporate partners, the VCL successfully now supports a wide range of users with diverse computing needs and has garnered national recognition over the years. Institutions using NC State’s VCL are East Carolina, Johnston Community College, NCCU, UNC-Greensboro, Wake Technical Community College and Western Carolina University and the NC Community College System. Other partners in development that have their own install of Apache VCL are UNC-CH and Duke University

Unique offerings through Distance Education

∙  Master’s in engineering has largest DE enrollment of all public universities

∙  master’s in wood and paper science

∙  Master’s in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management for working tourism professionals

Dual degrees and interdisciplinary studies

∙  Biomedical engineering with UNC

∙  Transatlantic Master’s Degree Program in Forest Resources

∙  MPA-law partnership with Campbell

∙  Prague Institute

∙  Master of Textiles with Hong Kong Polytechnic and ENSAIT

∙  Dual PhD in Computer Science from NC State and JD from Duke Law School—Annie Anton

∙   Master’s in Microbial Biotechnology gives students a grounding in the science and business of biotechnology.

∙  Health PAC and Vet PAC prepare to students to apply to professional post-graduate programs              

∙  New Literacies Global Learning Program (M.Ed. and M.S.): The NLGL concentration enables teachers to teach ∙  with a global perspective, using digital tools to become “wired globally.”

∙  Partner universities in China. Example: Master of Global Innovation Management, a dual degree with Zhejiang University, China

∙  Master’s level programs in Environmental Assessment and Geospatial Information Science and Technology offered through distance education prepare working professionals to lead North Carolina and beyond in the development and implementation of new approaches and technologies in environmental sciences.

Rankings and recognition

∙  3rd in Best Overall Public University Value among public universities (U.S. News & World Report, 2009)

∙  5th among colleges of veterinary medicine (U.S. News & World Report, 2007)

∙  One of the top 50 ‘best values’ among public colleges and universities (Princeton Review, 2009)

∙  10th best value among the nation’s colleges and universities (Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 2009-10)

∙  13 graduate programs among top 30 public universities

∙  6th in Engineering Doctorates awarded among official 16 peers

∙  10th among American Public Research Universities (The Center for Measuring University Performance, 2007)

∙  25th among public university research libraries in North America

∙  The College of Engineering consistently ranks in the top 10 nationwide for the number of BS degrees awarded, total number of degrees awarded, BS degrees awarded to women and BS degrees awarded to African-Americans, according to the Engineering Workforce Commission’s rankings of all US colleges of engineering.

∙  PAMS is a national leader in awarding PAMS to African Americans.

∙  College of Textiles is the largest textile college in the United States that supports fiber to product.

∙  NC State has been named one of the Top 5 Greenest Schools in the Southeast by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and recipient of the Smith Seal of North Carolina Sustainable Business Award for institutions of over 100.

∙  The College of Engineering at NC State produces 63 percent of all engineering degrees awarded by North Carolina colleges and universities, making this university a prime driver of innovation [alumni examples].

∙  Forest biomaterials program is one of the leading programs of its kind in the country, and a forest products manufacturing facility can be found in every North Carolina county.

∙  Centennial Campus: named Top Research Park of the Year by the Association of University Parks.

∙  NC State ranks among the top 5 nationally in total R&D expenditures and in competitive federal R&D expenditures in the mathematical and statistical sciences

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1 TJ { 06.18.10 at 9:26 am }

One of the few areas that Campus Life is explictly highlighed in the Key messages is in “tight-knit community” so a theme of Campus Life (ie. study abroad, student organizations, service (CSLEPS), student government, etc) would be good to add.

2 Jennifer Weston { 06.21.10 at 7:50 am }

I’m thrilled to see these key messages fleshed out. And I hope that this exercise is helping all units and colleges see that these broad key messages have room for everyone.

One note of housekeeping:
At the risk of taking away the pump up. The Master’s in Engineering blurb needs to be corrected to read “The Engineering Online program has the largest distance education enrollment for engineering master’s degrees among public colleges. The program offers 13 master’s degree options.” It waters it down a bit, but E Online has been working on its brand for sometime and since there is a specific “master of engineering” degree that differs from master’s degrees in nuclear, mechanical, electrical, etc., it is an important distinction to make. To be clear, E Online offers both a “master of engineering” degree, which is more general, and master’s degrees in specific disciplines.

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