Saturday, January 10, 2015

More Bad News For Downtown Union Square Project

On November 30, 2014 we reported:

"NC A&T might not even have a nursing program in a couple of years as they've twice had to get special dispensation to continue probation in the last ten years."

On Friday Fox 8 Reported:

 "Monday North Carolina A&T advisors will meet with pre-nursing majors in the lower division nursing program to discuss their options of transferring or changing their field of study.

In its April 2014 meeting, the Board of Governors completed its annual review of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) first-time writers’ pass rates for graduates of the nursing programs across the university system. The board suspended new admissions to the Bachelors of Science in Nursing program at NC A&T State University’s School of Nursing after 2014 and called for a full review of the program.

If students decide to transfer elsewhere, NC A&T will provide the students transcripts at no cost."

The same article also states:

 "The suspension does not include their accelerated BSN or RN to BSN programs.

NC A&T’s involvement in Greensboro’s Union Square Campus will not change."

Plans for construction of Union Square have now been twice reduced in size and yet neither UNCG, the City of Greensboro nor the State of North Carolina acknowledges the glut of empty classrooms owned by UNCG on 2 campuses at Gateway East and Gateway North. Together the 2 campuses total almost 500,000 square feet of newly constructed buildings that have yet to be put to use but Union Square is said to be only 85,000 square feet at a cost of $90 Million Dollars. The fact that A&T is continuing to spend taxpayer dollars to build a nursing school in downtown Greensboro despite the fact that their own nursing program is currently being dismantled piece by piece only goes to demonstrate the shift from
education to real estate development that is taking place in our statewide university system. Remember Folks, we first reported it even before the students at NC A&T were told about it.
From Fox 8:

"A sophomore pre-nursing major from Delaware contacted our station in frustration that the department’s first notification of the suspension was on Dec. 22, 2014."