Fraudulent claiming HBCU NC A&T and HWI UNCG were partners in NCA&T/UNCG Joint Millennial Campus. May 2007 UNC Board of Governors established alleged Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, at bogus NC A&T / UNCG Joint Millennial campus Gateway University Research Park,  to offer (a) joint interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree and (a) joint professional science master's degree.  
 
SEE: UNC  Board  Governors Bogus  NCA&T/UNCG Joint Millennial Campus alleged designated  Oct. 10, 2003 .
 
 
Harold Martin, Rob Nelson, Alan Mabe, email dated December 09, 2008, Subject Joint Millennial Campus  to: Provosts Perrin and Thompson UNCG and NCA&TSU , attachment Second Document Page 9 UNC GA/Questions from UNC General Administration’s notes the March 3, 2008 Memorandum (Management Agreement) needs to be revised, updated and reapproved
“Steve has managed the discussion with A&T's and UNCG's provost and the dean of the JSNN so that all issues have been resolved." said Dr. Harold Martin, Sr. (Email April 9).
 
 JSNN Prospectus 2. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Provide a clear statement of the nature and purpose of the change in the context of the institution’s mission and goals; evidence of the legal authority for the change (if authorization is required by the governing board or the state); and whether the proposed degree program or similar program is offered on the main campus or at other approved off-campus sites.
 

 
For Liberal Arts UNC Greensboro with programs in music and nursing to offer Nanoscience degrees  requires access to NCA&T academic programs and research:  “Although the degree is in Nanoscience (does not include Nanoengineering),


 
students will be given the opportunity to take relevant courses at the
School of Engineering at North Carolina A&T University and must be able to work on collaborative projects with faculty in the School of Engineering”.
[Request to Plan Joint NCA&T/UNCG Joint Nanoscience Ph.D.]
 
Erskine Bowles UNC System General Administration unauthorized Amended and Restated Management Agreement Curriculum/Degrees: Nanoengineering degrees will be awarded by NC A&T. Nanoscience degrees will be awarded by UNCG excluded NC A&T from the JSNN mission to offer Nanoscience degrees.
 
 
UNCG Nanoscience M.S. and Ph.D. authorizations may have violated SACS Policy on Institutional Names on an Academic Credential

Policy: Institutional Names on an Academic Credential. For graduate academic credentials, students taking courses from participating institutions in a collaborative arrangement may be awarded the academic credential from the SACSCOC-accredited institution where one-third or more of the credits were earned through that institution’s own direct instruction.  June 2010

A degree program is a program of study in a discipline specialty that leads to a degree in that distinct specialty area at a particular level of instruction.   As a general rule, in order to be considered for degree program status, a course of study should require at least 27 semester hours in the proposed program area at the undergraduate level; at least half the number of hours required for the degree at the master’s level; and at least 21 hours in the proposed program area at the doctoral level. [
Adopted 05/06/09]
 
Professional Master of Science in Nanoscience
The 33-hour, non-thesis MS in Nanoscience follows the Professional Master of Science degree model, featuring course work in Nanoscience and business and an internship to provide practical experience.
 
 
UNC General Administration applied  CIP 40.9999 (Physical Science) to UNCG academic offering determined UNC at Greensboro offered only a Master in Chemistry on the graduate level in the category of Physical Science
 
Doctor of Philosophy in Nanoscience
The PhD in Nanoscience requires a minimum of 60 hours and is designed to prepare students to take positions in industrial, governmental, or academic research settings by providing a solid background in Nanoscience theory and experimental techniques through course work and dissertation research.

Erskine Bowles
UNC General Administration categorizing Nanoscience Ph.D. as a Physical Science; examining UNC Greensboro curricula for similar Physical Science Ph.D.  programs determined:

 UNC Greensboro offer no similar Ph.D. programs.

Alleged, Dr. Belle Wheelan SACS Commission on Colleges, letter dated June 25, 2010 to Dr. Alton Thompson (NCA&T) and Dr. David H. Perrin (UNCG):  "We approve the M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in Nanoscience, shall include them within the scope of accreditation previously granted to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro” .
 
 

Background


 
Department of Education maintains a list of “DOE-recognized” institution-wide accrediting agencies; for an institution to be eligible to participate in Title IV Financial Aid Programs, it must be accredited by one of these DOE-recognized agencies.  (The SACS) "become the de facto arbiter of eligibility for participating in federal financial aid programs."
   
Accreditation is either:
 
  • Institution-based (“institution-wide accreditation”)
  • Academic Discipline-based (“academic program accreditation”)
UNC Board of Governors Policy Discussion Accreditation, Dr. Suzanne Ortega, November 7, 2013
   
   
 
NC A&T and UNCG submitted  Chancellor signed Request for Authorization to Establish a New Degree Program , joint Ph.D. in Nanoscience CIP 40.999 dated October 10, 2008 and joint Master of Science in Nanoscience  CIP 40.999  dated November 21, 2008 to UNC General Administration Two programs with the same CIP code should initially be viewed as duplicative. [UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA  PROGRAM DUPLICATION STUDY  James H. Woodward November 1, 2011, p.5]
   
Notwithstanding May 2007 UNC Board of Governors established alleged Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering which was to offer a joint interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree and a joint professional science master's degree.
 

 

University of North Carolina Board of Governors established  (non-joint)  stand-alone MS in Nanoscience on November 13, 2009, and  PhD program in Nanoscience on January 8, 2010  to HWI UNC Greensboro;  requiring UNCG students be given the opportunity to take relevant courses at the School of Engineering at North Carolina A&T University and will be able to work on collaborative projects with faculty in the School of Engineering” - excluding  HBCU (The) North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.  Greensboro native Erskine Bowles UNC System General Administration unlawful manage and guided the degree authorization process to excluded HBCU NCA&T from authorization Nanoscience degrees authorization (s).
   
 

Examining Nanoscience discipline file at www.northcarolina.edu :

1.      The discipline  file contained no UNCG Notification to plan a master’s in Nanoscience,

2.      The discipline file contained an unsigned “Revised UNCG Request to Establish a Master’s in Nanoscience,

3.      The discipline file contained no UNCG Request to plan a PhD in Nanoscience

4.      The discipline file contained no UNCG Request to Established a PhD in Nanoscience

 

Chancellor signature certifies proposal [UNC Policy Manual 400.1.5(G)] to establish new degree program was reviewed and approved by the appropriate campus committees and authorities.
 
Responding to a Public records request to Dr. David H. Perrin UNCG Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor,1/7/11, for a copy of an UNCG chancellor signed request to establish stand alone Masters and PhD Nanoscience degrees at UNCG; Counsel Steve Serck responded  "In response to your request of 1/7/11, no such documents as you described exists."   
   
Unambiguous lack of UNCG Chancellor Dr. Linda Brady signed Proposals requesting  to establish Nanoscience Professional Master of Science in Nanoscience and Ph.D. Nanoscience clearly demonstrated UNCG had not expressed intentions to establish the degrees; they had not been approved by the faculty and administration, and were not pursuant UNC Policies 400.1.1,1[G]and 400.1.1.5[G]. 

Greensboro native Erskine Bowles UNC System General Administration without authority guided the degree authorization process to exclude NC A&T from offer Nanoscience degrees which May 2007 JSNN authorization said should be joint degrees.

   
   
From Rebecca Adams Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 To Tom Benberg; Sarah Armstrong

Subject: Request for interpretation of accuracy of nanoscience message

Please confirm the accuracy of the following message which I intend to send to the Provost, Graduate Dean, Dean of the Joint School of Nanoscience, and NC A&T's SACS Liaison:

The bottom line, however, is that we need to submit a full prospectus (guidelines attached) and need to do so as soon as possible. This request will be for approval to initiate a new off-campus site (South Campus) and to initiate a new degree program (MS in Nanoscience) at that site. Contrary to previous interpretations, both represent substantive changes. Due to the confusion, they are willing to waive the requirement that we do so 6 months in advance and will usher it through the approval process in a timely way to that we can accept students into UNCG's MS in Nanoscience program next fall.
 
Jim Ryan is already working on a draft of a prospectus,

   
   
Alleged Dr. Alton Thomas and David H. Perrin signed transmittal to Dr. Belle Wheelan, President, COC dated May 24, 2010, your letter dated December 16, 2009, you stated that UNCG and NCA&T had demonstrated compliance with the Commission’s Joint Curricular Ventures.  ...This Substantive Change Prospectus provides additional information about the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) of North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG),
 
As advised during an April 20, 2010 (10 a.m.) conference call with SACS staff (Sarah Armstrong, Tom Benberg, and Marsal Stoll) and Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, UNCG, and NC A&T contacts, we have enclosed a full prospectus requesting:
  1. approval for UNCG to initiate the PhD and MS in Nanoscience on the South Campus of Gateway University Park in fall 2010;
  2. a determination of whether the MS and PhD in Nanoengineering will represent a substantive change for NC A&T, and
  3. (3) recognition of the South Campus of Gateway University Park as a non-contiguous part of both campuses rather than as an off campus site.
The information included in the enclosed full prospectus supplements the updated management agreement sent to you on August 5, 2009. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors approved the establishment of the MS in Nanoscience on November 13, 2009, and the establishment of the Ph.D. program in Nanoscience on January 8, 2010.  ..we have informed UNC General Administration that we are moving forward with our plans to offer these programs in fall semester 2010 (classes commence on August 16). 

Approval to do so from SACS Commission on Colleges is the last necessary step in this process. 

   

The address where we hope to offer the MS and PhD in Nanoscience is:

South Campus, Gateway University Research Park
2901 E. Lee Street
Greensboro, NC 27401-4904

   
   
Alleged, Dr. Belle Wheelan SACS Commission on Colleges, letter dated June 25, 2010 to Dr. Alton Thompson (NCA&T) and Dr. David H. Perrin (UNCG), thank them for letter dated May 24, 2010 and prospectus for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in nanoscience, a part of the curriculum sponsored by the joint venture of the two institutions housed in the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) at two off-campus instructional sites:
   
South Campus, Gateway University Research Park 2901 East Lee Street Greensboro, NC 27401-4904 North Campus, Gateway University Research Park 5900 Summit  Brown Summit, NC 27214
   
"We approve the M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in Nanoscience, shall include them within the scope of accreditation previously granted to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro” “We also approve the two sites listed above as off-campus instructional sites for the two institutions for offering 50% or more of a program’s credits.”
   
Since NC A&T offers approved master's degrees in Civil Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Industrial Systems & System Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Computation Science and Engineering, as well as doctoral degrees in Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering, Computational Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical  Engineering, and Industrial and Systems Engineering, the proposed programs do not appear to be significant departures from the approved curriculum of NC A&T. We accept the notification for the programs and require no additional information from you.
   
The nanoscience programs will begin August 16,2010, The M.S. and PhD. degree programs in nanoengineering will begin fall 2012.

A management agreement stipulating the organizational principles, approaches, and protocols has been formulated and executed by the chancellors of the two partner institutions. JSNN has two departments: The Department of Nanoscience at UNCG and the Department of Nanoengineering at NC A&T. nanoscience faculty and staff will be UNCG employees and nanoscience students eill be UNCG students. UNCG will award the nanoscience degrees; NC A&T will award the nanoengineering degrees. UNCG is responsible for financial management; NC A&T is responsible for administering facilities-related issues.

Instructional delivery will be traditional classroom delivery. The curriculum and student learning outcomes for the M.S.. and Ph.D. degrees in nanoscience appear appropriate with 33 hours required for the master's degree and a minimum of 60 hours, a qualifying exam and a dissertation required for the Ph.D. degree.
 
Voice and email traffic with Sara Armstrong, Commission Substance Change Specialist and participant in UNCG MS and PhD Nanoscience authorizations determination; established UNC-Greensboro M.S. and PhD. Nanoscience authorization were pursuant SACSCOC COLLABORATIVE ACADEMIC ARRANGEMENTS: POLICY AND PROCEDURES  as a dual educational program with NCA&T.  
 
A dual educational program is one whereby students study at two or more institutions, and each institution awards a separate program completion credential bearing only its own name, seal and signature. Emphasis added.
 
 

Dr. Sara Armstrong: “The “program” is a cooperative venture by which the two institutions share facilities, equipment and other resources, called the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering operated by University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNC-G) and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCATSU).  Four degrees are offered:

   
  • At UNC-G: Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in NanoScience (began Fall, 2010)
     
  • At NCATSU: Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Nanoengineering (to begin Fall, 2012)
 
SACS COLLABORATIVE ACADEMIC ARRANGEMENTS POLICY   Collaborative academic arrangements are agreements between institutions purposes of awarding academic credits and/or educational program completion credentials, e.g., certificates, diplomas, degrees or transcripts.
   
   
   
SACSCOC Board of Trustees Publication- June 24, 2010 may have extinguish alleged Wheelan  approval of  UNCG M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in Nanoscience;  North and South Campus as instruction sites for the two institutions for offering 50% or more of a program’s credits
 
Alleged,  Dr. Alton Thomas and David H. Perrin signed letter  to Dr. Belle Wheelan, President, COC dated May 24, 2010,: your letter dated December 16, 2009, you stated that UNCG and NCA&T had demonstrated compliance with the Commission’s Joint Curricular Ventures.  ...This Substantive Change Prospectus provides additional information about the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) of North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG),  
   

We have enclosed a full prospectus requesting :

 
  1. approval for UNCG to imitate the PHD and MS  in Nanoscience on the South Campus of Gateway University Park in fall 2010;
  2.  a determination of whether the MS and PhD  in Nanoengineering will represent a substantive change for NC A&T, and
  3.  recognition of the South Campus of Gateway University Park as a con-contiguous part of both campuses rather than as an off-campus site.
 

The address where we hope to offer the MS and PhD in Nanoscience is:
 

 

South Campus, Gateway University Research Park
2901 E. Lee Street
Greensboro, NC 27401-4904

 
SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE FOR ACCREDITED INSTITUTIONS OF THE COMMISSION ON COLLEGES
   
Definition: Substantive change is a significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of an accredited institution. Under federal regulations, substantive change includes:
 
  • The addition of courses or programs that represent a significant departure, either in content or method of delivery, from those that were offered when the institution was last evaluated
     
  • The establishment of an additional location geographically apart from the main campus at which the institution offers at least 50 percent of an educational program.
     

  • Entering into a collaborative academic arrangement such as a dual degree program or a joint
    degree program with another institution

 
Alleged, Dr. Belle Wheelan SACS Commission on Colleges, letter dated June 25, 2010 to Dr. Alton Thompson (NCA&T) and Dr. David H. Perrin (UNCG), thank them for letter dated May 24, 2010 and prospectus for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in nanoscience, a part of the curriculum sponsored by the joint venture of the two institutions housed in the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) at two off-campus instructional sites:  
   
South Campus, Gateway University Research Park 2901 East Lee Street Greensboro, NC 27401-4904 North Campus, Gateway University Research Park 5900 Summit
Brown Summit, NC 27214
 
"We approve the M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in Nanoscience, shall include them within the scope of accreditation previously granted to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro” “We also approve the two sites listed above as off-campus instructional sites for the two institutions for offering 50% or more of a program’s credits.”
 
 
Duties of the Board of Trustees (c) It shall take final action on the accreditation of applicant, candidate, and member institutions and shall report to the College Delegate Assembly at its Annual Business Session those institutions approved for accreditation and those which have not been approved for accreditation.  The final action of the SACSCOC Board of Trustees shall be based on its determination of an institution’s compliance with Commission standards, policies, and proceduresThe list of collegiate institutions approved for accreditation shall be published. [STANDING RULES: SACSCOC BOARD OF TRUSTEES, EXECUTIVE COUNCIL]
   
Commission June 24, 2010 only approved substantive change was Eastfield College, Mesquite, Tex. off-campus instructional sites at South Garland High School and Lakeview Centennial High School.

Note: SACSCOC Board of Trustees - December 6, 2010 Substantive Change:  Approved the Associate of Science in Nursing and the Licensed Practical Nurse Keiser University, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. to Bauder College, Atlanta, Ga.

 
Tom Benberg to Rebecca Adams July 08, 2010:

The June 25th letter addressed to you was the first of two letters written on that dated and it simply acknowledges your letter of March 9th and confirms that a prospectus for the South Campus instruction site is under review. Later that same day, the June 25th letter to Drs. Thomas and Perrin was written following conclusion of the prospectus review. In that letter we have approved: (a) the South and North Campuses as instruction sites, and (b) the MS and Ph.D. programs in Nanoscience for UNCG. Additionally, we indicated that the proposed programs for NCA&T do not represent significant departures from existing programming.
 
Unambiguous alleged approval of UNC Greensboro M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs and two sites listed above as off-campus instructional sites weren’t SACS Board of Trustees approval June 25, 2009.
   
   
   
Liberal Arts UNCG offering Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Field may constitute a significant change in mission and goals.
 
Significant changes in mission are those that lead to a fundamental shift in the nature of the institution. Examples include the initiation of an engineering school at a liberal arts institution.   Significant departure is program that is not closely related to previously approved programs at the institution or site or for the mode of delivery in question. To determine whether a new program is a significant departure. it is helpful to consider the following questions: What previously approved programs does the institution offer that are closely related to the new program and how are they related?
 
From Rebecca Adams Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 To Tom Benberg; Sarah Armstrong : Contrary to previous interpretations, both represent substantive changes. Due to the confusion, they are willing to waive the requirement that we do so 6 months in advance and will usher it through the approval process in a timely way to that we can accept students into UNCG's MS in Nanoscience program next fall.
 
Alleged, Dr. Belle Wheelan SACS Commission on Colleges, letter dated June 25, 2010 to Dr. Alton Thompson (NCA&T) and Dr. David H. Perrin (UNCG):
   
  • Nanotechnology is the investigation fabrication and characterization of matter structure at dimensions below 100 mm. and is, by its very nature interdisciplinary
 
 The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), categorized Nanoscience as CIP 15.1601 Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields.  UNC General Administration applied  CIP 40.9999 (Physical Science) to UNCG academic offering . Note UNC-G has a School of  Arts and Science.
 
Nanotechnology.  Definition: A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles and technical skills to manipulate matter at the atomic and molecular level (in the range of 1-100 nanometers) and to design, fabricate, and integrate nanoscale structures, devices, and systems. Includes instruction in materials science, thermodynamics, nanomaterials, Nano electronics, and nano/micro device fabrication and testing. [https://nces.ed.gov/search/?q=nano+science]:
 
 


PCG/UNC-NCCCS/UNC Interim report 3.doc/RB.SP.PC.CR.ATPCC.1/CC.14/10May05

 
For Liberal Arts UNC Greensboro with programs in music and nursing to offer Nanoscience degrees  requires access to NCA&T academic programs and research:  “Although the degree is in Nanoscience (does not include Nanoengineering),


 
students will be given the opportunity to take relevant courses at the
School of Engineering at North Carolina A&T University and must be able to work on collaborative projects faculty in the School of Engineering”.
[Request to Plan Joint NCA&T/UNCG Joint Nanoscience Ph.D.]
 
 
UNC Board of Governors January 2007 authorized UNC Charlotte, which has an Engineering School, to offer a Ph.D. in Nanoscale Science.  Offering Nanoscale Science was not a Substantial Change as defined by the SACS for UNC Charlotte. 
 
 

Nanoscale Science and Nanoscience are identical names for the manipulation and use of materials and devices on the scale of roughly 1-100 nanometers.

   
 

 

UNC Charlotte program is administered by the Department of Chemistry and involve five departments  Chemistry, Physics, and Optical Science, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, Electrical and Computed Engineering, and Biology, and the Centers for Precision Metrology, Optoelectronics and Optical Communications, Biomedical Engineering Systems, and Bioinformation. 
 
Nov. 2012 UNC Board of Governors authorized a Master’s in Nanoengineering to Land Grant  Institution NC State, which has an  Engineering School. Offering Nanoengineering was not a Substantial Change as defined by the SACS for NC State. 
 
Alleged Dr. Alton Thomas and David H. Perrin signed transmittal to Dr. Belle Wheelan, President, COC dated May 24, 2010:  These institutions are respectfully seeking :
 

a determination of whether the MS and PhD in Nanoengineering will represent a substantive change for NC A&T,

 
Alleged, Dr. Belle Wheelan SACS Commission on Colleges, letter dated June 25, 2010 to Dr. Alton Thompson (NCA&T) and Dr. David H. Perrin (UNCG):
 

Since NC A&T offers approved master's degrees in Civil Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Industrial Systems & System Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Computation Science and Engineering, as well as doctoral degrees in Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering, Computational Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical  Engineering, and Industrial and Systems Engineering, the proposed programs do not appear to be significant departures from the approved curriculum of NC A&T. We accept the notification for the programs and require no additional information from you.

 
Alan Mabe memorandum to the Committee on Educational Planning, Policies, and Programs dated April 28, 2009 Subject Proposed Doctoral Programs indicating proposed Ph.D. programs the campuses will likely submit indicated UNCG Nanoscience and NC A&T Nanoscience and Material Science (Nanoengineering). NC A&T proposed PhD degree programs indicate the university can offer Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.s.
 
Consistent with other engineering schools in the UNC System offering Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (Material Science) programs  are not  Substantial Changes as defined by the SACS and  consistent with the education, curricular, mission and goals of The) North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and other UNC Constituent Institutions with Engineering schools.
 
 
The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) responsible for collecting and presenting statistical data and information for the nation; classifies Nanoscience and Nanoengineering as Nanotechnology CIP 15.1601: Engineering technologies and Engineering related fields.
   
No Liberal Arts University in the UNC System without a technology  School offers CIP 15.1601: Engineering technologies and Engineering related fields.
 
For Liberal Arts UNC Greensboro with programs in music and nursing to offer Nanoscience degrees  requires access to NCA&T academic programs and research:  “Although the degree is in Nanoscience (does not include Nanoengineering),


 
students will be given the opportunity to take relevant courses at the
School of Engineering at North Carolina A&T University and must be able to work on collaborative projects faculty in the School of Engineering”.
[Request to Plan Joint NCA&T/UNCG Joint Nanoscience Ph.D.]
 
What previously approved programs does the institution offer that are closely related to the new program and how are they related?
 
List certificate, diploma and degree programs which are related to the proposed program( s)
UNCG degree programs related to the Professional Master of Science (M.S.) in Nanoscience and the Ph.D. in Nanoscience include the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in sciences including Mathematics, Nutrition and Chemistry and the newly approved Ph.D. in Biology. Courses from these degree programs are used as electives for the Nanoscience degree programs.  Also, UNCG’s graduate degree programs in business are related to the Professional M.S. in Nanoscience because business courses are also required as part of the Professional M.S. in Nanoscience degree program. [Prospectus p19]  

Other than potential electives alleged list UNC Greensboro related programs  to not indicated how they are related and  involve the manipulation and use of materials and devices on the scale of roughly 1-100 nanometers in length and pertain primarily to  Nanoscience M.S. .

 
Unambiguous NCA&T and cross-town UNCG do not have the same mission and goals.  Liberal Arts UNC Greensboro  is know for humanities and NC A&T is known for Engineering. Offering Nanoscience degrees constitute a significant change in mission and goals at UNC Greensboro evidenced by requiring UNC Greensboro Nanoscience  to access NC A&T engineering circular and research.
 
   
   
UNCG Nanoscience M.S. and Ph.D. authorizations may have violated SACS Policy on Institutional Names on an Academic Credential
 
Policy: Institutional Names on an Academic Credential. For graduate academic credentials, students taking courses from participating institutions in a collaborative arrangement may be awarded the academic credential from the SACSCOC-accredited institution where one-third or more of the credits were earned through that institution’s own direct instruction. If the student earns less than a majority and more than one-third of the credits through instruction offered by SACSCOC-accredited institution, the Member institution must submit documentation in accord with the policy “Comprehensive Standard 3.6.3: Documenting an Alternative Approach.” The institution’s documentation for an Alternative Approach will be forwarded to the SACSCOC Board of Trustees for approval. [COLLABORATIVE ACADEMIC ARRANGEMENTS: POLICY AND PROCEDURES Approved: SACSCOC Board of Trustees, June 2010]  

Erskine Bowles UNC General Administration categorizing Nanoscience Ph.D. as a Physical Science; examining UNC Greensboro curricula for similar Physical Science Ph.D.  programs determined: UNC Greensboro offer no similar Ph.D. programs.

 
 
Alleged, Dr. Belle Wheelan SACS Commission on Colleges, letter dated June 25, 2010 to Dr. Alton Thompson (NCA&T) and Dr. David H. Perrin (UNCG), thank them for letter dated May 24, 2010 and prospectus for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in nanoscience,
 
Nanotechnology is the investigation fabrication and characterization of matter structure at dimensions below 100 mm. and is, by its very nature interdisciplinary.

The curriculum and student learning outcomes for the M.S.. and Ph.D. degrees in nanoscience appear appropriate with 33 hours required for the master's degree and a minimum of 60 hours, a qualifying exam and a dissertation required for the Ph.D. degree.

"We approve the M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in Nanoscience, shall include them within the scope of accreditation previously granted to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro” “We also approve the two sites listed above as off-campus instructional sites for the two institutions for offering 50% or more of a program’s credits.”

 
 
The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) responsible for collecting and presenting statistical data and information for the nation; classifies Nanoscience and Nanoengineering as Nanotechnology CIP 15.1601: Engineering technologies and Engineering related fields.
 
 


PCG/UNC-NCCCS/UNC Interim report 3.doc/RB.SP.PC.CR.ATPCC.1/CC.14/10May05

 


University of North Carolina at Greensboro  2008-2009 Profile

 
For Liberal Arts UNC Greensboro with programs in music and nursing to offer Nanoscience degrees  requires access to NCA&T academic programs and research:  “Although the degree is in Nanoscience (does not include Nanoengineering),


 
students will be given the opportunity to take relevant courses at the
School of Engineering at North Carolina A&T University and must be able to work on collaborative projects faculty in the School of Engineering”.
[Request to Plan Joint NCA&T/UNCG Joint Nanoscience Ph.D.]
 
The upshot is whether Liberal Arts UNC at Greensboro was capable of offering one third, and more than 50% direct instruction for Engineering technology Nanoscience MS and Ph.D. degrees when approved; whether an alternate approach was approved for UNCG to offer Nanoscience M.S. and Ph.D. degrees by SACSCOC Board of Trustees.
 
 

The UNC Policy Manual 400.1.1.1[G]

A degree program is a program of study in a discipline specialty that leads to a degree in that distinct specialty area at a particular level of instruction.   As a general rule, in order to be considered for degree program status, a course of study should require at least 27 semester hours in the proposed program area at the undergraduate level; at least half the number of hours required for the degree at the master’s level; and at least 21 hours in the proposed program area at the doctoral level. [Adopted 05/06/09]
 
Elizabeth City State University requested authorization to establish a BS in Engineering Technology (CIP 15.9999) in January 2006.  The proposed degree will offer concentrations in “Computer and Information Technology” and “Mechanical and Automation.”  The program will be housed in the Department of Technology, which currently offers BS degrees in Industrial Technology and Aviation Science. The proposed program will incorporate some existing industrial technology and computer courses into the curriculum.  UNC Board of Governors 8/11/06 authorize BS Engineering Technology CIP 15.999 to in 2006 Elizabeth City State.
   
 
Notwithstanding  the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), categorized Nanoscience as CIP 15.1601 Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields.  UNC General Administration applied  CIP 40.9999 (Physical Science) to UNCG academic offering . Note UNC-G has a School of  Arts and Science.
 Note Fall 2005 UNC Presidency transition from President Molly Broad  to Erskine Bowles.
 
Professional Master of Science in Nanoscience
The 33-hour, non-thesis MS in Nanoscience follows the Professional Master of Science degree model, featuring course work in Nanoscience and business and an internship to provide practical experience.
 
 
UNC General Administration applied  CIP 40.9999 (Physical Science) to UNCG academic offering determined UNC at Greensboro offered only a Master in Chemistry on the graduate level in the category of Physical Science
 
Professional Master of Science in Nanoscience
The 33-hour, non-thesis MS in Nanoscience follows the Professional Master of Science degree model, featuring course work in Nanoscience and business and an internship to provide practical experience.
 
 
UNC General Administration applied  CIP 40.9999 (Physical Science) to UNCG academic offering determined UNC at Greensboro offered only a Master in Chemistry on the graduate level in the category of Physical Science
 
Doctor of Philosophy in Nanoscience
The PhD in Nanoscience requires a minimum of 60 hours and is designed to prepare students to take positions in industrial, governmental, or academic research settings by providing a solid background in Nanoscience theory and experimental techniques through course work and dissertation research.

Erskine Bowles
UNC General Administration categorizing Nanoscience Ph.D. as a Physical Science; examining UNC Greensboro curricula for similar Physical Science Ph.D.  programs determined:

 UNC Greensboro offer no similar Ph.D. programs.

 
 
“Activities/Resources: Leverage faculty collaboration at JSNN to enhance research partnerships between UNCG and NCA&T researchers.  Expected Result, UNCG opportunities in grants previously unavailable due to limitations in areas of certain research expertise. “
 
”The addition of a doctoral program is not an easy or simple extension of the master’s program. Unlike most master’s programs, a doctoral program is research-based. While doctoral program requirements routinely include additional course work, the central program requirement is the dissertation. The topic for the dissertation normally derives from discussion with faculty who are engaged in research and therefore knowledgeable about the “frontier of knowledge” in the discipline. For a faculty member to then properly guide and assist the student’s dissertation research, that faculty member must be an active researcher. Hence, the implementation of a doctoral program must be preceded by the assembling of faculty who are conducting publishable research in that discipline. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PROGRAM DUPLICATION STUDY Submitted by James H. Woodward  November 1, 2011 p12]  
 
UNC at Greensboro 10th among the 11 institutions conducted $45,000 dollars of Nanotechnology research between 2000 thru 2005. NCA&T was 4th in Funding in Nanotechnology Research at North Carolina Universities with $11 Million Dollars between 2000-2005.

The curriculum and student learning outcomes for the M.S.. and Ph.D. degrees in nanoscience appear appropriate with 33 hours required for the master's degree and a minimum of 60 hours, a qualifying exam and a dissertation required for the Ph.D. degree.
 
Doctor of Philosophy in Nanoscience
The PhD in Nanoscience requires a minimum of 60 hours and is designed to prepare students to take positions in industrial, governmental, or academic research settings by providing a solid background in Nanoscience theory and experimental techniques through course work and dissertation research.

Erskine Bowles
UNC General Administration categorizing Nanoscience Ph.D. as a Physical Science; examining UNC Greensboro curricula for similar Physical Science Ph.D.  programs determined:

 UNC Greensboro offer no similar Ph.D. programs.

 
"Unlike most master’s programs, a doctoral program is research-based. While doctoral program requirements routinely include additional course work, the central program requirement is the dissertation. The topic for the dissertation normally derives from discussion with faculty who are engaged in research and therefore knowledgeable about the “frontier of knowledge” in the discipline."
 
UNC at Greensboro 10th among the 11 institutions conducted $45,000 dollars of Nanotechnology research between 2000 thru 2005. NCA&T was 4th in Funding in Nanotechnology Research at North Carolina Universities with $11 Million Dollars between 2000-2005.
 
Its  apparent UNC Greensboro could deliver the required  one third direct instruction for Nanoscience MS and Ph.D. degrees when approved.
   
   
 
UNC Greensboro  Nanoscience MS and PhD degrees were not approved by the faculty and adminstration.
 
Principles of Accreditation, Comprehensive Standard 3.4.1) any course or program has been approved by the faculty and administration;
 
3. ASSESSMENT OF NEED AND PROGRAM PLANNING/APPROVAL
 
 
Notwithstanding May 2007 UNC Board of Governors established alleged Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering which was to off a joint interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree and a joint professional science master's degree.
 

 
The University of North Carolina Board of Governors established  (non-joint)  stand-alone MS in Nanoscience on November 13, 2009, and  PhD program in Nanoscience on January 8, 2010  to HWI UNC Greensboro;  in which UNCG students will be given the opportunity to take relevant courses at the School of Engineering at North Carolina A&T University and will be able to work on collaborative projects with faculty in the School of Engineering” - excluding  HBCU (The) North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University which has an Engineering School.
   

Examining Nanoscience discipline file at www.northcarolina.edu :

1.      The discipline  file contained no UNCG Notification to plan a master’s in Nanoscience,

2.      The discipline file contained an unsigned “Revised UNCG Request to Establish a Master’s in Nanoscience,

3.      The discipline file contained no UNCG Request to plan a PhD in Nanoscience

4.      The discipline file contained no UNCG Request to Established a PhD in Nanoscience

 
 
   

Chancellor signature certifies proposal [UNC Policy Manual 400.1.5(G)] to establish new degree program was reviewed and approved by the appropriate campus committees and authorities. 
 
Responding to a Public records request to Dr. David H. Perrin UNCG Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor,1/7/11, for a copy of an UNCG chancellor signed request to establish stand alone Masters and PhD Nanoscience degrees at UNCG,  Counsel Steve Serck responded  "In response to your request of 1/7/11, no such documents as you described exists."   
   
Unambiguous lack of UNCG Chancellor Dr. Linda Brady signed Proposals requesting  to establish Nanoscience Professional Master of Science in Nanoscience and Ph.D. Nanoscience clearly demonstrated UNCG had not expressed intentions to establish the degrees; they had not been approved by the faculty and administration, and were not pursuant UNC Policies 400.1.1,1[G]and 400.1.1.5[G]. 
 
 

Requests to UNC-GA for a UNCG Request to Plan a PhD and Request to Establish a standalone PhD in Nanoscience proscribed by UNC Guidelines for Academic Program Development subsection (B)  related to degree authorization  Ms. Joni Worthington (UNC-GA)  responded to a  public record request for a UNCG Chancellor signed request to plan and establish a PhD in Nanoscience said: “Dr. Alan Mabe in his capacity as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs determined: 

·         UNCG was not required to submit a new request to plan a Ph.D. in Nanoscience. The joint proposal submitted by UNCG and NCA&T was deemed sufficient for the campus to move forward with planning a stand-alone degree program.
 

·         UNCG was not required to submit a new request to establish a Ph.D. in Nanoscience. The joint request submitted by UNCG and NCA&T, which had already been recommended for approval by the UNC Graduate Council, was deemed sufficient for Board consideration. The Board of Governors concurred with that determination in approving the establishment of the program.  (E-mail 10.08. 2010) “

   
Contradicting assertions Dr. Mabe in the capacity of Senior VP for Academic Affairs   etc.,   are Board approved Guidelines for Academic Program Development subsection (B.)  Academic Program Development Requiring Authorization or Action Beyond the Campus Level, which says The chancellors of the constituent institutions shall communicate to General Administration of the University their intentions or requests with respect to instructional program development for Request for authorization to plan a new degree program at the doctoral or first professional level and Request for authorization to establish a new degree program. [Guidelines for Academic Program Development [The UNC Policy Manual 400.1.1.1[G] Adopted 05/06/09
   
Dr. Mabe  assertions  UNCG was not required to submit a new request to establish a stand-alone Ph.D. in Nanoscience clearly indicate UNCG Ph.D. in Nanoscience was not approved by the administration and faculty.
   
Responding to a Public records request to Dr. David H. Perrin UNCG Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor,1/7/11, for a copy of an UNCG chancellor signed request to establish stand alone Masters and PhD Nanoscience degrees at UNCG,  Counsel Steve Serck responded  "In response to your request of 1/7/11, no such documents as you described exists."   
   
Unambiguous lack of UNCG Chancellor Dr. Linda Brady signed Proposals requesting  to establish Nanoscience Professional Master of Science in Nanoscience and Ph.D. Nanoscience clearly demonstrated UNCG had not expressed intentions to establish the degrees; they had not been approved by the faculty and administration, and were not pursuant UNC Policies 400.1.1,1[G]and 400.1.1.5[G]. 
 
Early in the investigation of lack of supporting documentation for UNCG Nanoscience degree authorizations Dr. James Sadler Associate Vice President for Academic Planning University of North Carolina put forth a chronology of authorizations (e-mail (08/04/2010).
   
Sadler:  October 7, 2009:  Dean Ryan was told that UNCG needed to submit a revised request to establish.  Both the original and the revised requests are available at this site: emphasis added.
   
Sadler: November 13, 2009
UNC Board of Governors authorizes the UNCG MS in Nanoscience based on the revised request submitted. 
   
Sadler : January 8, 2010
UNC Board of Governors authorizes the UNCG PhD in Nanoscience based on the revised request submitted.
 
Pursuant  JSNN Management Agreement March 03, 2008 Curriculum Approval Process JSNN courses and curricula will be forwarded for review and approve through NCA&T and UNCG established curricular approval processes.
     

Amended and Restated Management Agreement

 
Pursuant Amended and Restated Management Agreement curriculum approval Process JSNN Dean Ryan alleged UNC Greensboro Revised Request to establish Nanoscience M.S. should have been submitted to UNC Greensboro for review and approval through established curricular approval process.
 
Sadler  Oct. 7th : Dean Ryan was told that UNCG needed to submit a revised request to establish.  Both the original and the revised requests are available at this site: emphasis added.
 
Responding to a Public records request to Dr. David H. Perrin UNCG Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor,1/7/11, for a copy of an UNCG chancellor signed request to establish stand alone Masters and PhD Nanoscience degrees at UNCG,  Counsel Steve Serck responded  "In response to your request of 1/7/11, no such documents as you described exists." 

 Unambiguous JSNN Dean Ryan's  unsigned  alleged UNCG Revised  Proposal  had not been submitted to UNC Greensboro and NCA&T  for review and approval through established curricular approval process; nor constituted an UNC Greensboro request for authorization to Establish a Master of Science in Nanoscience and, or  Request by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to Establish a Doctoral Degree Program in Nanoscience.

 

 
Amended and Restated Management Agreement April 24, 2009  Organizing principle  JSNN is a shared academic unit of NC A&T and UNC Greensboro in terms of governance and management does not constitute  agreements between NC A&T and UNCG for purposes of awarding academic credits and/or educational program completion credentials, e.g., certificates, diplomas, degrees or transcripts.
 
Alleged, Dr. Belle Wheelan SACS Commission on Colleges, letter dated June 25, 2010 to Dr. Alton Thompson (NCA&T) and Dr. David H. Perrin (UNCG):
 
"We approve the M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in Nanoscience, shall include them within the scope of accreditation previously granted to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro” “We also approve the two sites listed above as off-campus instructional sites for the two institutions for offering 50% or more of a program’s credits.”
 

Voice and email traffic with Sara Armstrong, Commission Substance Change Specialist and participant in UNCG MS and PhD Nanoscience authorizations determination; established UNC-Greensboro M.S. and PhD. Nanoscience authorization were pursuant SACSCOC COLLABORATIVE ACADEMIC ARRANGEMENTS: POLICY AND PROCEDURES  as a dual educational program with NCA&T.   

 
A dual educational program is one whereby students study at two or more institutions, and each institution awards a separate program completion credential bearing only its own name, seal and signature. Emphasis added.
   

Dr. Sara Armstrong: “The “program” is a cooperative venture by which the two institutions share facilities, equipment and other resources, called the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering operated by University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNC-G) and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCATSU).  Four degrees are offered:

   
  • At UNC-G: Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in NanoScience (began Fall, 2010)
     
  • At NCATSU: Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Nanoengineering (to begin Fall, 2012)
 
SACS COLLABORATIVE ACADEMIC ARRANGEMENTS POLICY   Collaborative academic arrangements are agreements between institutions purposes of awarding academic credits and/or educational program completion credentials, e.g., certificates, diplomas, degrees or transcripts.
 
 
 


University of North Carolina at Greensboro  2008-2009 Profile

 
For Liberal Arts UNC Greensboro with programs in music and nursing to offer Nanoscience degrees  requires access to NCA&T academic programs and research:  “Although the degree is in Nanoscience (does not include Nanoengineering),


 
students will be given the opportunity to take relevant courses at the
School of Engineering at North Carolina A&T University and must be able to work on collaborative projects with faculty in the School of Engineering”.
[Request to Plan Joint NCA&T/UNCG Joint Nanoscience Ph.D.]
 

Disciplinary Foundation Courses

 

UNC Policy Interdisciplinary Degree program:

An Interdisciplinary Degree program involves two or more academic units, either on the same or different campuses, including non-UNC campuses, in a formal agreement to offer a program of study drawing on two or more disciplines that will result in a student being awarded an interdisciplinary degree. If more than one campus is involved in offering the program it would also be a joint degree, emphasis added.

 

Dr. Sara Armstrong: “The “program” is a cooperative venture by which the two institutions share facilities, equipment and other resources, called the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering operated by University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNC-G) and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCATSU).  Four degrees are offered:

   
  • At UNC-G: Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in NanoScience (began Fall, 2010)
     
  • At NCATSU: Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Nanoengineering (to begin Fall, 2012)
 
 
Pursuant UNC Policy for Interdisciplinary Degree (s) if a formal agreement between NCA&T and UNCG for the purposes of awarding academic credits and/or education program completion credentials the degree (s) would be joint degrees, not UNC Greensboro offering Nanoscience MS and PhD degrees.
 
 
The JSNN was organized consistent May 2007 Board of Governors mandate to offer  joint Nanoscience degrees  pursuant  Management Agreement March 03, 2008.
 
   

NCA&T Chancellor Battle and UNCG Chancellor Sullivan signed JSNN Management Agreement dated March 3, 2008 :

·         Mission: offer joint interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree and joint professional master’s degrees (M.S.) Nanoscience,

·         Organizing Principle: That NCA&T and UNCG are committed to the principle that the JSNN is a shared academic unit in terms of governance, faculty, students, curriculum, and management.  Emphasis added.

·         Article 5 Curriculum/Degrees: Degrees will be awarded jointly by NCA&T and UNCG

   
Harold Martin, Rob Nelson, and Alan Mabe, email dated December 09, 2008, below, Subject Joint Millennial Campus  to: Provosts Perrin and Thompson UNCG and NCA&TSU , attachment Second Document Page 9 UNC GA/Questions from UNC General Administration’s notes the March 3, 2008 Memorandum (Management Agreement) needs to be revised, updated and reapproved.
 
   

Erskine Bowls  UNC General Administration, approved Amended and Restated Management Agreement (April 2009)  says in part:

·         Mission; offer interdisciplinary Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees and a Professional Master of Science in Nanoscience degree. (non-joint degrees)
 

·         Organizing Principle: That NCA&T and UNCG are committed to the principle that the JSNN is a shared academic unit in terms of governance and management.  NCA&T will be home institution for Nanoengineering faculty, students the Nanoengineering curriculum and degree program.  UNCG will be the home institution of nanoscience faculty, students, and curriculum and degree programs. 
 

·         Curriculum/Degrees Nanoengineering degrees will be awarded by NCA&T.  Nanoscience degrees will be awarded by UNCG. 

 
Note: Amended and restated JSNN Management Agreement Organizing principle removed shared curriculum from March 2008 Management Agreement Organizing principle. Amended and restated JSNN Management Curriculum/Degrees Nanoengineering degrees will be awarded by NCA&T.  Nanoscience degrees will be awarded by UNCG.
   
Amended and restated Management Agreement April 24, 2009  Organizing Principle  is NCA&T and UNCG are committed to the principle that the JSNN is a shared academic unit in terms of governance and management neither of which constitute an agreement agreement  between NCA&T and UNCG for  purposes of awarding academic credits and/or educational program completion credentials, e.g., certificates, diplomas, degrees or transcripts.
   
Erskine Bowles Administration approved Amended and Restated JSNN  Curriculum/Degrees Nanoengineering degrees will be awarded by NCA&T.  Nanoscience degrees will be awarded by UNCG.  Inconsistent with UNC Board of Governors May 2007 JSNN to offer  (a) joint interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree and (a) joint professional science master's degree, amended and restated Management Agreement April 24, 2009 is unauthorized and void; explicitly removing shared circular from  JSNN Management Agreement Organizing principle did not constitute and agreement  between NCA&T and UNCG for  purposes of awarding academic credits and/or educational program completion credentials, e.g., certificates, diplomas, degrees or transcripts.
   

   
NC A&T Dr. Alton Thompson, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and UNCG Dr. David H. Perrin, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, in letter dated August 5, 2009 to Dr. Belle Wheelan said this letter is in response to your letter dated March 17, 2009.  Alleged Wheelan Letter dated March 17, 2009 requested a demonstration of compliance with the Commission Joint Curriculum policy.
   
Alleged NC A&T Dr. Alton Thompson, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and UNCG Dr. David H. Perrin, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, in letter dated August 5, 2009  enclosure Guidelines for Joint Curricular Ventures with Regionally-Accredited Institutions [6]:
   
   

  the courses programs, and services included in the contract


At present the Nanoscience degree programs have been developed and approved and are awaiting approval from the UNC system. The course requirements for these degree programs have been described in "Request to Establish" documents for each degree program.  The nanoengineering degree programs are expected to begin development during the second half of 2009 through 2010 timeframe.
 
 
Notwithstanding May 2007 UNC Board of Governors established alleged Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering which was to off a joint interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree and a joint professional science master's degree.
 

 
The University of North Carolina Board of Governors established  (non-joint)  stand-alone MS in Nanoscience on November 13, 2009, and  PhD program in Nanoscience on January 8, 2010  to HWI UNC Greensboro;  in which UNCG students will be given the opportunity to take relevant courses at the School of Engineering at North Carolina A&T University and will be able to work on collaborative projects with faculty in the School of Engineering” - excluding  HBCU (The) North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University which has an Engineering School.
 
Responding to a Public records request to Dr. David H. Perrin UNCG Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor,1/7/11, for a copy of an UNCG chancellor signed request to establish stand alone Masters and PhD Nanoscience degrees at UNCG,  Counsel Steve Serck responded  "In response to your request of 1/7/11, no such documents as you described exists." ;
 
Clearly no UNCG Request to Establish stand alone Masters and PhD Nanoscience degrees at exist therefore could not be the bases of a contractual agreement between NCA&T and UNCG for course programs.