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Faculty and students to weigh in on UNC System's strategic plan

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CHAPEL HILL -- Faculty and students will have a chance to weigh at a public forum on the UNC Board of Governor's academic strategic plan Monday. The plan is still being developed by committee members but has come under some criticism for its lack of student involvement.

More than two dozen business, political and educational leaders from across the state have been working on this plan which will guide the university through the next five years. Students have voiced concern in the past about the committee and now they will get a chance to raise those concerns Monday at the forum.

"One student, a single faculty member and a single worker serving on the committee is insufficient representation for the tens of thousands of students workers and faculty throughout the system," said Zaina Alsous, a member of the NC Student Power Union.

The committee is working on a five year plan for the UNC System with several goals for the school, among them improving the number of people in the work force with a college degree.

In prior meetings committee members insist they are working in the best interests of the UNC System and its students.

"This process is apolitical," said Fred Eshelman, a member of the UNC Board of Governors. "There is no agenda here other than that to advance the university system in the best way we can."

The forum runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Anne Queen room next to the south building at UNC Chapel Hill.

A strategic directions faculty representative is expected to report back to the entire committee on what was discussed at the forum.

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