Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences at Carolina, which I believe to be the very best global public research university in the country because of its deep commitment to solving real-world problems through excellence in research, while providing an outstanding and affordable liberal arts education to its students.
It is my privilege to lead the oldest and largest school at UNC-Chapel Hill. The College is home to more than 16,000 of Carolina’s nearly 19,000 undergraduate students, as well as some 2,500 graduate students.
The College’s history is rich and deep, but we are a forward-focused institution. What does this encompass?
- We are strategic. We are using a hypothesis-driven approach to establish brands that differentiate us from our peers. We are cognizant of macrotrends, leveraging our strengths and identifying ways to improve.
- We are bold. Carolina was heralded for its bold commitment a decade ago to ensure affordability as well as excellence in its education. More recently, we boldly set out to reinvent the classroom through high-structure active-learning techniques for which our faculty have received national recognition. We are boldly providing opportunities in the College for students to learn an entrepreneurial/maker mindset, to attain a global education, to become skilled in digital humanities, data science and the applied sciences to make an impact on issues surrounding health, medicine and wellness, and the environment. Our faculty and students have leveraged their many strengths to become game-changers in these emerging areas of importance.
- We are student-focused: Our students are our reason for being. It is our responsibility to provide them with a sound liberal arts education so that they are the most effective idea generators, data synthesizers and knowledge communicators of the next generation. We provide them with both breadth and depth of knowledge that prepares them to become leaders in an ever-changing global economy beyond the stone-lined walkways of our Chapel Hill campus.
What lies ahead? I foresee the College becoming the epicenter of interdisciplinary collaboration—among our 70-plus academic departments, curricula, centers, programs and institutes; with other schools here at Carolina; and with our state, national and global partners. The best teaching, research and public engagement know no boundaries.
Kevin M. Guskiewicz
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences