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2012 Year in Review

JCSU had a phenomenal 2012 which brought national media attention to our rigorous academic programs, community engagement, and the globalization of our curriculum.

Here are some highlights from the year:

President Ronald L. Carter, who has been the foster parent to 4 children, was featured on the cover of Diverse Issues in Higher Education for his commitment to providing opportunities for students who have aged out of the foster care system:

Learn more about the foster care initiative:

In March 2012, JCSU hosted The Duke Endowment’s Sustainability Summit, which brought some of the foremost minds in conservation, energy efficiency, urban farming, etc. to the University. During this time, JCSU announced formally its initiative to create a more sustainable campus and launched the Sustainable Smith section of the website:

April saw the University celebrate her 145th year with ceremonies, including the Founders’ Day Convocation and the Arch of Triumph Gala:

The largest graduation class ever walked across the stage during our 140th Commencement Exercises on May 6, 2012:

In summer 2012, JCSU announced the beginning of the new phase of Blue Ocean Strategy. In fall 2011, the University was selected by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities to work with a team of practitioners to apply the Blue Ocean Strategy theory to significantly improve its retention and graduation rates to help achieve President Barack Obama’s national education goals:

Alumnus Leford Green headed to London with alumnae Shermaine Williams to compete in the 2012 London Summer Olympics. 



The academic year began with a national spotlight showcasing JCSU as the crown jewel in the Queen City's crown during the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The University delayed the opening of school to host visiting security and operations experts associated with the event: JCSU and the DNC: Week in Review.

During the week, JCSU seemed to be everywhere: on television, in the parades and on the radio. The University also partnered with the Congressional Black Caucus Institute during an interactive forum titled “UFUTURE - A Summit for Innovative Young Thinkers.” 

After classes began our students' academic achievements grew as the National Science Foundation announced a  Cyber Security Scholarship for our students and the State Department gave the College of Arts and Letters its largest study abroad grant ever, affording students the opportunity to study in China

In early October, JCSU continued to show its commitment to revitalizing the city's Northwest Corridor by opening the Mosaic Village, a $25-million project developed through partnerships with the city and local businessmen.

October ended with a visit from Minister Louis Farrakhan who declared to our students that "the future is on you." 

The end of October also brought the excitement of Homecoming, starting with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new campus Science Center

As the leaves began to turn from green to brown Homecoming brought the usual excitement to campus beginning with the parade and ending with a 27-21 win against St. Augustine's University.  

After Homecoming, the University celebrated the grand opening of the HealthPlex and the grand opening of COURAGE: The Carolina Story that Changed America:


As a result of our successes in 2012, JCSU is poised to continue with innovation and opportunities that allow students, faculty, staff, our community and our institution to pursue excellence at our growing edge as we build a national reputation as a high-performing new urban university.

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