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N.C. A&T Enrollment Surpasses 12,000

Tiffany  S. Jones

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Sept. 4, 2018) – For the third consecutive year, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has enrolled its largest student body in university history, as well as what is likely its most academically accomplished.

On the strength of an entering class of 2,201 first-year students, North Carolina A&T’s student body has expanded to 12,142 – a 2.2 percent increase over last year’s enrollment. The entering class has an average high school GPA of 3.61, average SAT score of 1040 and ACT score of 20.

Counting the increase in headcount this fall of nearly 300, N.C. A&T has now added close to 1,600 students over the past five years, a 15 percent expansion of its student body. That includes growth at nearly every student level and racial/ethnic demographic group. N.C. A&T is expected to remain the nation’s largest, four-year historically black university for the fifth consecutive year.

“We are pleased with the continued, strategic growth of Aggie family,” said Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. “It is a testament to the great work our faculty and staff do to turn outstanding students into exceptional graduates who are prepared to be leaders in a global, competitive marketplace.”

The intentional, steady growth in enrollment is the direct result of a strategic plan put in place in 2011 that envisioned a bold future for A&T by 2020, including a total enrollment of 13,500 and 10,000 undergraduate students. A&T surpassed the latter goal last year, and undergraduate enrollment this fall exceeds 10,600.

Refreshed over the past year, the university’s new strategic plan, A&T Preeminence: Taking the Momentum to 2023, projects a student body of 14,000 by its conclusion. The plan’s key performance indicators also include even more emphasis placed on student success, affordability, diversity and recognition.

This fall’s new enrollment report comes on the heels of new rankings from Money magazine, which named A&T North Carolina’s most affordable university and ranked its alumni third in the University of North Carolina system in early career earnings.

The university is also making preparations to open its new $90 million Student Center this month while breaking ground on a new residence hall and the $90-million Engineering Research and Innovation Complex later this fall.
“This is, no doubt, an exciting time to be an Aggie,” Martin said. “Our faculty, staff, students and alumni have worked diligently to make tremendous strides toward our vision of being a preeminent institution and remain committed to continuing the work as we forge ahead with this new plan.”


About North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the nation’s largest historically black university. It is a land-grant, higher-research classified university by the Carnegie Foundation and constituent member of the University of North Carolina system. A&T is known for its leadership in producing graduates in engineering, agriculture and other STEM fields. The university was founded in 1891 and is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.

 
N.C. A&T, AT&T Collaborate for Online Masters for Employees

Tiffany S. Jones


EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Sept. 6, 2018) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is collaborating with AT&T, a global leader in telecommunications, media & entertainment, and technology, to provide AT&T employees access to online master’s programs.

The collaboration is designed to help working professionals acquire the tools critical to advancing in the competitive workforce.

Officials from N.C. A&T, AT&T and the UNC System will be on hand to announce and discuss the initiative at noon today in the Deese Auditorium in Merrick Hall on N.C. A&T’s main campus.

“This program presents a significant opportunity for AT&T employees to gain the information and skills necessary to become leaders and change agents in their industry,” Clay Gloster, Ph.D., interim vice provost for research, graduate programs and extended learning and dean of The Graduate College. “This is a model corporate partnership for The Graduate College that we hope to replicate in the future.”

AT&T announced to its more than 250,000 employees in June that these three programs can be completed exclusively online in one-and-a-half or two years. Enrollment for AT&T employees began this fall.

“N.C. A&T’s program is a great fit for our culture of continuous learning,” said Scott S. Smith, chief human resources officer, AT&T Communications. “Outstanding relationships like this one help us deliver training to our global workforce, and help our employees continue to develop their skills to ensure they’re equipped for the jobs of the future.”

AT&T has been widely recognized as an innovator in providing learning opportunities for employees, and is in the midst of what Fortune Magazine last year said “may be the most ambitious retraining program in corporate American history.”[1]

“I’m excited that N.C. A&T is joining universities like Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, and the University of Oklahoma in this initiative,” said Venessa Harrison, President of AT&T North Carolina “And I’m proud that educational resources found here in North Carolina will be making a difference in the lives and careers of my AT&T colleagues around the globe.”

Business administration will be administered in the College of Business and Economics (CoBE) while information technology and technology management will be administered in the College of Science and Technology (CoST). In total, N.C. A&T offers 29 master’s programs with 46 concentrations across eight colleges – eight of those programs are available in the online environment.

In addition to this announcement, the telecommunications giant will also make a donation to the Cheatham-White Scholarship.

The Cheatham-White Scholarship is a merit scholarship program at N.C. A&T and North Carolina Central University established by the state legislature that gives recipients a fully funded four-year award that covers the cost of tuition, student fees, housing, meals, textbooks, a laptop, supplies, travel and personal expenses along with funded enrichment and networking opportunities. In order to receive state funds for the scholarship, N.C. A&T must raise matching funds.
 

Sang receives $2.8 million grant to study whole grains

Dan Nonte

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Sept. 4, 2018) -- There’s evidence that whole grains can help prevent chronic disease, but there aren’t accurate tools to measure beneficial compounds from whole grains in the body. To better understand the effects of whole grains on health, biomarkers for their exposure and effects are needed.
Shengmin Sang, Ph.D., a food scientist with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, has received a $2.8 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institutes of Food and Agriculture to change that. He will work with his research partners to identify biomarkers for whole grain wheat and oats.

“At the completion of these studies, our expectation is that we will have identified markers to reflect whole grain wheat or oat intake,” said Sang, a professor and lead scientist for functional foods at the university’s Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. “Our findings will establish the basis for future studies of the role whole grains play in health and eventually lead to more individualized nutrition.”

This project could help answer a host of questions, such as whether obesity, age and gender affect the body’s response to whole grains. It could help explain the impact of gut microbiota on the metabolism of whole grain phytochemicals and could lead to a more individualized, and more effective, approach to nutrition.

The USDA’s Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics will collaborate on the research.

Sang submitted this research proposal to the National Institutes of Health in response to the program entitled “Food Specific Molecular Profiles and Biomarkers of Food and Nutrient Intake, and Dietary Exposure (R01),” which is co-sponsored by NIH and the USDA.

Last year Sang received N.C. A&T’s Intellectual Property Award for his research investigating the potential of bioactive components from functional foods and herbal medicines to prevent chronic diseases. He has patented compounds comprising aspirin and ginger derivatives that have shown promise for preventing and treating cancer, and he studies bioactive compounds in tea, apples, rosemary and other foods.

He was quoted in an Aug. 15 Time.com article about the health benefits of oatmeal.

The Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies is administered by the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at A&T. The university is an 1890 land-grant doctoral research institution dedicated to learning, discovery and community engagement.


About North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the nation’s largest historically black university. It is a land-grant, higher-research classified university by the Carnegie Foundation and constituent member of the University of North Carolina system. A&T is known for its leadership in producing graduates in engineering, agriculture and other STEM fields. The university was founded in 1891 and is located in Greensboro, North Carolina