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Welcome Letter from the Dean

David S. Hood, Dean
David S. Hood, Dean

Dear Student:

Welcome to North Carolina Central University. If you are a first-time freshman, the University College will be your academic home away from home for the next two years. If you are a transfer student, this is your academic home away from home for the next eight weeks to one year.

The University College is designed to provide consistent, high-quality and appropriate academic advising, monitoring, mentoring, nurturing and coaching to ensure your academic and personal success. We believe that with all of the support services available, including tutoring and Supplemental Instruction, no student should earn any grade below a B. Even so, your academic success depends on how well you take responsibility for your own education, including taking initiative to achieve academic excellence. It is up to you to take advantage of these services as soon and as often as you need them.

To assist in your transition to the university, you will be assigned an academic advisor to guide you to your destination - Graduation. Based on your placement on the Accuplacer Test and recommendations from your high school counselors, you and your advisor will review and sign a contract indicating what you need to do to be a successful and competent student. Your assigned advisor and other advisors in the University College will be available to you on a daily basis. You will be required to see them at least once each week to sign in, talk with them, and provide a writing sample and status report during the first eight weeks of the semester. In addition, your advisor will receive regular progress reports from each of your professors for the first eight weeks of classes. We want you to be successful and we will do all that we can to ensure that you are successful – but you must do your part as well.

At the end of your sophomore year, you will take part in a comprehensive assessment to determine your level of competence in nine specific areas, from core curriculum course content, to personal and social development and global learning. The assessment includes the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) Test, a college vocabulary test, and clearance regarding other requirements from the Dean of the University College. When this is successfully completed, you will transition to the department of your major discipline.

We look forward to supporting your academic and personal success at North Carolina Central University!


David S. Hood, Dean

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