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University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 
University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

North Carolina Central University


George R. Hamilton, Chairman  
John Barbee, Vice Chairman  
Joan Higginbotham, Secretary  
Darrell Allison  
Oita C. Coleman  
Harold T. Epps  
Alesha Holland  
Michael Johnson  
John T. McCubbins  
Paul R. Pope, Jr.  
Allyson Siegel  
Kenneth R. Tindall  
Karyn S. Wilkerson  

Administrative Officers

Chancellor’s Office

Debra Saunders-White, Chancellor 530-6104
Wendell Phillips, Chief of Staff 530-5423
Hope Murphy Tyehimba, University Legal Counsel 530-7558
Ayana Hernandez, Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations 530-7266
Leah Kraus, Chief Information Officer 530-7423
Odetta Johnson, Chief of Police 530-5326
Benita Jones 530-6154
Assistant University Legal Counsel  
Johnnie Southerland, Director 530-5321
Strategic Planning  
Robert Gaines, Internal Auditor 530-7742
Ingrid Wicker McCree, Director
Pamela Thorpe-Young, Director 530-5402
External Affairs  
Brenda Shaw, Director, Title III 530-7853
Zelda Stanfield, Executive Assistant 530-7887
Cynthia Edwards-Paschall 530-5561
Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff  
Anthony Jarman 530-5011
Assistant to the Chancellor  
Mary Ann Colatuno 530-6105
Yolanda Tynes 530-6104
Administrative Support Specialist  

Academic Affairs

Johnson Akinleye 530-6230 johnson.akinleye@nccu.edu
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs 312 Hoey Administration Building
Monica Leach
530-6682 monica.leach@nccu.edu
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Academic Affairs 306 Hoey Administration Building
Ontario Wooden 530-6230 owooden@nccu.edu
Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovative, Engaged and Global Education 306-A Hoey Administration Building
Tau Kadhi 530-7149 tkadhi@nccu.edu
Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Undergraduate Research 310-B Hoey Administrative Building
Jaleh Rezaie 530-7396 jrezaie@nccu.edu
Associate Provost and Dean of School of Graduate Studies 123 Taylor Education Building
Jerome Goodwin 530-6739 jgoodwin@nccu.edu
University Registrar 110 Hoey Administration Building
Theodosia Shields 530-5233 tshields@nccu.edu
Director of Library Services 1st Floor James E. Shepard Library
Pauletta Brown Bracy 530-6900 pbracy@nccu.edu
Director of Accreditation 315 Hubbard Totten Chemistry Building
Jeanette Barker 530-6902 jbarker@nccu.edu
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness and
2027 H.M. Michaux, Jr. School of Education


Debra Parker 530-5269 dparker@nccu.edu
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences 222 Miller Morgan Building
Carlton Wilson 530-6794 cwilson@nccu.edu
College of Arts and Sciences 115 Farrison-Newton Communications Building
Wanda Lester, Interim 530-6175 wanda.lester@nccu.edu
School of Business 201 Willis Commerce Building
Audrey Beard, Interim 530-5327 awbeard@nccu.edu
School of Education 2062 H.M. Michaus, Jr. School of Education
Phyliss V. Craig-Taylor 530-6112 pcraigtaylor@nccu.edu
School of Law 260 Albert L. Turner Law Building
David Hood 530-6933 dshood@nccu.edu
University College 105 Alexander-Dunn Building

Associate and Assistant Deans

Robert Wortham 530-5349 rwortham@nccu.edu
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences 240 Miller-Morgan Building
Veronica Nwosu 530-6170 vnwosu@nccu.edu
College of Arts and Sciences 2249 Mary Townes Science Building
Sharon White 530-6133 sharon.white@nccu.edu
School of Business Willis Commerce Building
Laura Brooks 530-6843 laura.brooks@nccu.edu
School of Law Albert L. Turner Law Building
Jennifer Schum 530-6658 jschum@nccu.edu
University College Alexander Dunn Building
Michelle Cofield 530-6510 mscofield@nccu.edu
School of Law Albert L. Turner Law Building
Frank Toliver, Jr. 530-6506 ftoliver@nccu.edu
School of Law 265 Albert L. Turner Law Building
Lisa Morgan 530-6115 lmorgan@nccu.edu
School of Law 160 Albert L. Turner Law Building
Adrienne Meddock 530-5249 ameddock@nccu.edu
School of Law 112 Albert L. Turner Law Building
Kyle Brazile 530-6517 kbrazile@nccu.edu
School of Law Albert L. Turner Law Building
Ronald Douglas 530-6365 rdouglas@nccu.edu
School of Law 148 Albert L. Turner Law Building
Angela Gilmore 530-5482 angela.gilmore@nccu.edu
School of Law 264 Albert L. Turner Law Building

Director of Research Institutes

Anita Jackson, Interim 530-7001 ajacks61@nccu.edu
Biomanufacturing/ Research Institute Technology Enterprise (BRITE) 1011 Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE)
Sean Kimbro 530-7763 kkimbro@nccu.edu
Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI) 104 Julius L. Chambers BBRI

Director of Centers & Institutes

Jarvis Hall 530-7256 jhall@nccu.edu
Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change 109 Edmonds Classroom Building
Kimberly Cogdell-Boyce 530-6618 kcogdell@nccu.edu
Biotechnology Pharmaceutical Law Institute 160 Turner Law Building
Mark Morris 530-5254 mmorris@nccu.edu
Dispute Resolution Institute 125 Turner Law Building
Sandra White 530-7060 swhite@nccu.edu
Center for Science, Math & Technology Education 305 Lee Biology Building
Harvey McMurray 530-5204 hmcmurray@nccu.edu
Center for Advancement of Justice Study and
301 Farrison-Newton Communication Bldg.
*formerly Center for Domestic & International Criminal Justice  
Research & Policy  
Christopher Herring 530-5206 mherring@nccu.edu
Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development Holy Cross Annex, First Floor
Branislav Vlahovic 530-7253 vlahovic@nccu.edu
CREST (Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology) 1201 Mary Townes Science Complex
Branislav Vlahovic 530-7253 vlahovic@nccu.edu
NASA University Research Center - Center for Aerospace Device 1201 Mary Townes Science Complex
Research and Education  

Director of Programs

Calleen Herbert 530-6143 cherbert@nccu.edu
Academic Comm. Service Learning Program 206 Academic Community Service Learning Program Building
VACANT 530-7912
Office of International Affairs 102 Lee Biology Building
Abdul Mohammed 530-6351 amohammed@nccu.edu
Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics 3102 Mary Townes Science Complex
Ansel Brown 530-7477 abrown@nccu.edu
University Honors Program G-06 Annie Day Shepard Hall
Micheler Richardson 530-6421 mrrichardson@nccu.edu
Cancer Program 220 Julius L. Chambers BBRI

Administration & Finance

Benjamin Durant 530-7425 benjamin.durant@nccu.edu
Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance 113 Hoey Administration Building
Yolanda Deaver 530-6204 vdeaver@nccu.edu
Associate Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance 113 Hoey Administration Building
VACANT 530-5214
Chief Human Resources Officer 213-C Hubbard-Totten Building
Akua Matherson 530-7355 amathers@nccu.edu
Director of Budget and Financial Planning 218 Hoey Administration Building
Gary Ward 530-7484 gaward@nccu.edu
Associate Comptroller 011-B Hoey Administration Building
Lucy Godwin-Hanson 530-5063 lpgodwin@nccu.edu
Director of Purchasing 615 Lawson Street
Robert McLaughlin 530-5325 rmclaug7@nccu.edu
Director of Health and Safety 013 Police and Public Safety Building
Timothy Moore 530-7420 tmoore@nccu.edu
Director of Auxiliaries and Business Services Lower Level W.G. Pearson Cafeteria
Phillip Powell 530-6392 ppowell@nccu.edu
Director of Facilities Services Physical Plant

Institutional Advancement

Harriet F. Davis 530-7856 hfdavis@nccu.edu
Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement 131 William Jones Building
Susan Hester 530-7400 shester@nccu.edu
Associate Vice Chancellor 131 William Jones Building
Randal Childs 530-5264 rchilds@nccu.edu
Assistant Vice Chancellor 129 William Jones Building
Patricia Mitchell, Interim 530-7204 pmitchell@nccu.edu
Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement Services 040 William Jones Building
Martina E. Chavis 530-7072 mchavis6@nccu.edu
Major Gifts Officer 122 William Jones Building
Corey Savage 530-7097 corey.savage@nccu.edu
Director of Development, College of Arts and Sciences 115 Farrison-Newton Communications Building
Jacqueline Allen 530-7074 jaallen@nccu.edu
Office Manager 132 Willam Jones Building
Helen Tannis 530-5259 htannis@nccu.edu
Prospect Researcher 039 William Jones Building
Kizzy Brown 530-7784 kcbrown@nccu.edu
University Program Specialist William Jones Building
Anita Parker 530-7601 aparker@nccu.edu
Executive Assistant 132 William Jones Building
Shaun Johnson 530-6731 sjohn101@nccu.edu
Associate Director, NCCU Foundation 040 William Jones Building
Leslie Allen-Howell 530-7397 lhowell@nccu.edu
Accounts Payable Technician, NCCU Foundation 038 William Jones Building
Chatonda Covington 530-7517 cbcovington@nccu.edu
Assistant Vice Chancellor and Executive Director Alumni House
NCCU Alumni Relations  
Lamisa McCoy-Foxx 530-7361 lmccoy@nccu.edu
Event Manager, NCCU Alumni Relations 5 Alumni House
Denise Raynor 530-6363 dgraynor@nccu.edu
Executive Assistant, NCCU Alumni Relations Alumni House

Graduate Education and Research

Undi Hoffler, Interim 530-5140 uhoffler@nccu.edu
Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development 309-B Hubbard-Totton Building
Anita Jackson 530-7001 ajacks61@nccu.edu
Biomanufacturing/Research Institute Technology Enterprise Hubbard-Totton Building
Sean Kimbro, Director 530-7025 kkimbro@nccu.edu
Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute 104 Julius L. Chambers BBRI
Denise Wynn, Director 530-7331 dwynn3@nccu.edu
Office of Sponsored Research and Programs 304 Hubbard-Totton Building
Sean Kimbro, Director 530-7016 kkimbro@nccu.edu
Cardio-Medibolic Program 124 Julius L. Chambers BBRI
Kendra Cardwell, Assistant Director 530-7756 kcardwell@nccu.edu
Office of Sponsored Research and Programs 304 Hubbard-Totton Building
Camilla Felton 530-7002 cfelton@nccu.edu
Research Operations Manager 006 Julius L. Chambers BBRI
Jody Lewis 530-7022 klewis50@nccu.edu
University Program Specialist 101 Julius L. Chambers BBRI
Derek Norford 530-7023 dnorford@nccu.edu
University Veterinarian 005 Julius L. Chambers BBRI
Micheler Richardson, Director 530-6421 mrrichardson@nccu.edu
Cancer Research 220 Julius L. Chambers BBRI
Sparkle Molyneaux 530-7905 sparkle.molyneaux@nccu.edu
Office of Sponsored Research and Programs Manager 304-C Hubbard-Totton Building
Carol Hicks 530-6893 carol.burnette@nccu.edu
Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor 309 Hubbard-Totton Building

Student Affairs

Miron Billingsley, Vice Chancellor 530-6023 mpbillingsley@nccu.edu
Student Affairs 208 Student Services Building
Anita Walton, Assistant Vice Chancellor 530-7452 abwalton@nccu.edu
Student Affairs 236 Student Services Building
Gary Brown, Assistant Vice Chancellor 530-6303 gbrown@nccu.edu
Student Affairs 208 Student Services Building
Kia Williams, Interim Medical Director 530-5229 kwill282@nccu.edu
Student Health 125 Student Health Building
Denettia Shaw, Director 530-6687 dshaw9@nccu.edu
Office of Transfer Services 106 Lee Biology Building
Ruth Phillips-Gilliam, Executive Director 530-7908 ruth.gilliam.phillips@nccu.edu
Women’s Center 122 Student Health Building
Nicole Piscitelli, Director 530-5466 npiscitelli@nccu.edu
Campus Recreation and Wellness C Walker Complex
Tifanie Lewis, Director 530-7068 tlewis55@nccu.edu
Development 244 Student Services Building
Allie Geng 530-6379 vgeng@nccu.edu
Business Manager 236 Student Services Building
Carolyn Moore, Director 530-5294 cmoore@nccu.edu
Counseling Services 209 Student Health Building
Trinice McNally, Director 530-5545 tmcnally@nccu.edu
LGBTA G64 Student Union
Toya Corbett, Director 530-5547 tcorbet7@nccu.edu
Student Engagement and Leadership 125 Student Union
Kesha Lee, Director 530-5058 klee@nccu.edu
Student Support Services 120 Student Services Building
Ronnie Davis, Director 530-7498 rdavis82@nccu.edu
Residential Life G-06 Student Services Building
Ferreli McGilvary, Director 530-6736 fmcgilvary@nccu.edu
New Student Services G-36 Student Services Building
Kent Williams, Assistant Director 530-7846 kwill122@nccu.edu
Student Activities 134 Student Union
Marquita Johnson, Assistant Director 530-7848 mjjohnson@nccu.edu
Student Engagement and Leadership 118 Student Union
Evelyn Little 530-5263 evelyn.little@nccu.edu
Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor 208/212 Student Services Building
Star Dorsett 530-5198 star.dorsett@nccu.edu
Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor Student Services Building

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Nicole Gibbs, Director 530-6665 ngibbs2@nccu.edu
Undergraduate Admissions 2 McDougald House
Marquesha Jackson, Associate Director 530-6096 mjack103@nccu.edu
Undergraduate Admissions Latham Parking Deck
Camilla Ross, Administrative Manager 530-7344 cross@nccu.edu
Undergraduate Admissions 5 McDougald House
Steven Cannady, Admissions Counselor 530-6094 scannady@nccu.edu
Undergraduate Admissions 1 McDougald House
Carmela Castro, Admissions Counselor 530-6095 ccastro@nccu.edu
Undergraduate Admissions Latham Parking Deck
Stephanie Gant, Admissions Counselor 530-6097 sgant2@nccu.edu
Undergraduate Admissions Latham Parking Deck
Akkem Mangum, Admissions Counselor 530-6093 azmangum@nccu.edu
Undergraduate Admissions McDougald House
Sherie Royster, Admissions Counselor 530-6091 sroyst17@nccu.edu
Undergraduate Admissions McDougald House
Ashlie Savage, Admissions Counselor 530-6092 asavage1@nccu.edu
Undergraduate Admissions 3rd Floor, Latham Parking Deck
Terra Anthony, Sr., Administrative Support Specialist 530-7347 tanthony@nccu.edu
Undergraduate Admissions McDougald House
Doris Cunningham, Administrative Support Associate 530-6665 dcunningham@nccu.edu
Undergraduate Admissions McDougald House
Diana Green, Student Services Assistant 530-5219 dmgreen@nccu.edu
Undergraduate Admissions McDougald House
Angela Hawkins, Administrative Support Associate 530-7254 ahawkins@nccu.edu
Undergraduate Admissions McDougald House
Tonya Moses, Administrative Support Associate 530-6298 tmoses@nccu.edu
Undergraduate Admissions McDougald House
Kimya Williams, Administrative Support Associate 530-5308 kwill303@nccu.edu
Undergraduate Admissions McDougald House

History of the University of North Carolina

In North Carolina, all public educational institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees are part of the University of North Carolina.  North Carolina Central is one of the 16 constituent institutions of the multi-campus university.

The University of North Carolina, chartered by the N. C. General Assembly in 1789, was the first public university in the United States to open its doors and the only one to graduate students in the eighteenth century.  The first class was admitted in Chapel Hill in 1795.  For the next 136 years, the only campus of the University of North Carolina was at Chapel Hill.

In 1877, the N. C. General Assembly began sponsoring additional institutions of higher education, diverse in origin and purpose.  Five were historically black institutions, and another was founded to educate American Indians.  Several were created to prepare teachers for the public schools.  Others had a technological emphasis.  One was a training school for performing artists.  In 1931, the N. C. General Assembly redefined the University of North Carolina to include three state-sponsored institutions: the campus at Chapel Hill (now the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), North Carolina State College (now North Carolina State University at Raleigh), and Woman’s College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro).  The new multi-campus University operated with one board of trustees and one president.  By 1969, three additional campuses had joined the University through legislative action: the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

By 1971, the General Assembly passed legislation bringing into the University of North Carolina the state’s ten remaining public senior institutions, each of which had until then been legally separate:  Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, the North Carolina School of the Arts, Pembroke State University, Western Carolina University, and Winston-Salem State University.  This action created the current 16-campus University.  (In 1985, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, a residential high school for gifted students, was declared an affiliated school of the University; and in 1996, Pembroke State University was renamed The University of North Carolina at Pembroke through legislative action.)

The UNC Board of Governors is the policy-making body legally charged with “the general determination, control, supervision, management, and governance of all affairs of the constituent institutions.”  It elects the president, who is the chief executive officer of the University.  The 32 voting members of the Board of Governors are elected by the General Assembly for four-year terms.  Former board chairmen and board members who are former governors of North Carolina may continue to serve for limited periods as non-voting members Emeriti.  The president of the UNC Association of Student Governments, or that student’s designee, is also a non-voting member.

Each of the seventeen constituent institutions is headed by a chancellor, who is chosen by the Board of Governors on the president’s nomination and is responsible to the president.  Each institution has a board of trustees, consisting of eight members elected by the Board of Governors, four appointed by the governor, and the president of the student body, who serves ex-officio.  (The NC School of the Arts has two additional ex-officio members.)  Each board of trustees holds extensive powers over academic and other operations of its institutions on delegation from the Board of Governors.

North Carolina Central University Mission Statement

The following mission statement was formally adopted by the Board of Trustees of North Carolina Central University in July of 2004.

North Carolina Central University is a comprehensive university offering programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, and selected professional levels. It is the nation’s first public liberal arts institution founded for African Americans. The university maintains a strong liberal arts tradition and a commitment to academic excellence in a diverse educational and cultural environment. It seeks to encourage intellectual productivity and to enhance the academic and professional skills of its students and faculty.

The mission of the university is to prepare students academically and professionally to become leaders prepared to advance the consciousness of social responsibility in a diverse, global society. The university will serve its traditional clientele of African American students; it will also expand its commitment to meet the educational needs of a student body that is diverse in race and other socioeconomic attributes.

Teaching, supported by research, is the primary focus of the university. As a part of that focus, the university encourages the faculty to pursue intellectual development and rewards effective teaching and research. The university recognizes, however, the mutually reinforcing impact of scholarship and service on effective teaching and learning. North Carolina Central University, therefore, encourages and expects faculty and students to engage in scholarly, creative and service activities that benefit the community.

Academic Standing and Accreditation

North Carolina Central University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees.    Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 3003-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of North Carolina Central University.

Specialized accreditation and/or certification in the following areas contribute to the University’s goal of ensuring academic rigor and integrity in all degree programs.  The following is a list of accredited and certified academic programs and their respective accrediting organizations.

Athletic Training (Department of Physical Education)

                Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education


                Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs

                Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business


                American Chemical Society

Communication Disorders (School of Education)

                Council on Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology

Counseling (School of Education)

                Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

Criminal Justice

                North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission

                Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Dietetics (Department of Human Sciences) 

                Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education


                Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

                North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences

                National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council

Geography and Earth Sciences (Department of Environmental, Earth, and Geospatial Sciences)

                University Consortium for Geographic Information Science

Hospitality and Tourism Administration (School of Business)

                Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration


                American Association of Law Schools

                American Bar Association

Library and Information Sciences

                American Library Association


                North Carolina Board of Nursing

                Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing


Parks and Recreation Management (Department of Physical Education and Recreation)

                National Recreation and Park Association /American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation

Public Health Education

                Society of Public Health Education - American Association for Health Education

Social Work

                Council on Social Work Education


                National Association of Schools of Theater



In the School of Education, programs approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction include Elementary Education (K-6); Middle Grades Education in Language Arts,  Math, Science, and Social Studies; Communication Disorders; Career Counseling;  Mental Health Counseling;  School Counseling; Secondary Grades Education in English, Mathematics,  Comprehensive Science, and Comprehensive Social Studies;  Special Subjects (K-12) in Art, Dance, Music, Theater Arts,  Physical Education, French, and Spanish; Educational Technology;  School Administration;  and Special Education in General Special Education, Visual Impairments, Learning Disabilities and Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities.

History and Background

North Carolina Central University, a state-supported liberal arts institution, was chartered in 1909 as a private institution and opened to students on July 10, 1910. It was founded by Dr. James E. Shepard. From the beginning, when it was known as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua, its purpose has been the development in young men and women of that fine character and sound academic training requisite for real service to the nation. To this end, the training of all students has been entrusted to the most capable teachers available.

The institution’s early years were characterized by a wealth of enthusiasm and high endeavor, but not of money. Private donations and student fees constituted the total financial support of the school, and the heavy burden of collecting funds rested on the President.

In 1915 the school was sold and reorganized, then becoming the National Training School. During this period of its history, Mrs. Russell Sage of New York was a generous benefactor of the school. In 1923, the General Assembly of North Carolina appropriated funds for the purchase and maintenance of the school; thus, in that year, it became a publicly supported institution and was renamed Durham State Normal School. Two years later, the General Assembly converted the institution into the North Carolina College for Negroes, dedicating it to the offering of liberal arts education and the preparation of teachers and principals of secondary schools.

At its 1927 session, the General Assembly began a program of expansion of the college plan to conform to the needs of an enlarged academic program. The interest of the Honorable Angus W. McLean, then Governor of North Carolina, and his belief in the institution, aided greatly in the promotion of this program. State appropriations were supplemented by a generous gift from B.N. Duke and by contributions from citizens of Durham in 1929. The 1930s afforded federal grants and state appropriations for a new program of physical expansion and improvement of educational facilities, a program that continued until the beginning of World War II.

The College was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as an “A” class institution in 1937 and was admitted to membership in that association in 1957.

The General Assembly of 1939 authorized the establishment of graduate work in liberal arts and the professions. Pursuant thereto, graduate courses in the arts and sciences were first offered in that same year. The School of Law began operation in 1940, and the School of Library Science was established in 1941.

In 1947 the General Assembly changed the name of the institution to North Carolina College at Durham.

On October 6, 1947, Dr. Shepard, founder and President of the college, died. The Board of Trustees appointed an interim committee consisting of Dr. Albert E. Manley, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Miss Ruth G. Rush, Dean of Women; and Dr. Albert L. Turner, Dean of the School of Law, to administer the affairs of the institution until the election of the second president.

On January 20, 1948, Dr. Alfonso Elder was elected President of the institution. At the time of his election, Dr. Elder was serving as the head of the Graduate Department of Education and had formerly been Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Elder retired September 1, 1963.

Dr. Samuel P. Massie was elected as the third President of the College on August 9, 1963. Dr. Massie came to the institution from Washington, D. C., where he was Associate Program Director for Undergraduate Science Education at the National Science Foundation, and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Howard University. He resigned on February 1, 1966.

The Board of Trustees appointed an interim committee consisting of Mr. William Jones, Business Manager; Dr. Helen G. Edmonds, Graduate Dean; and Dr. William H. Brown, Professor of Education, to administer the affairs of the institution until the fourth president took office.

On July 20, 1966, Dr. Albert N. Whiting was named fourth President of the institution. He came to North Carolina College from Baltimore, Maryland, where he had been Dean of the Faculty at Morgan State College. Dr. Whiting served as President and Chancellor from July 1, 1967, until his retirement June 30, 1983.

In 1969, the General Assembly changed the name of the institution to North Carolina Central University. On July 1, 1972, North Carolina Central University became a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina. On July 1, 1983, Dr. LeRoy T. Walker became interim Chancellor of the University. He had served the institution as Chairman of the Department of Physical Education and Recreation, Head Track Coach and Vice Chancellor for University Relations. At their February 1986 meeting, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, at the request of the University’s Board of Trustees, decreed that Dr. Walker was Chancellor of the University rather than Interim Chancellor and made that action retroactive to the beginning of his term.

Dr. Tyronza R. Richmond, formerly Dean of the School of Business, succeeded Dr. Walker as Chancellor on July 1, 1986. Prior to his arrival at North Carolina Central University, Dr. Richmond was Associate Dean and Professor at the School of Business and Public Administration at Howard University.

In December 1991, Dr. Richmond resigned as Chancellor to return to the classroom and was succeeded on January 1, 1992, by Dr. Donna J. Benson as Interim Chancellor. Dr. Benson was succeeded in January 1993 by Attorney Julius L. Chambers, former director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense Fund.

Mr. Chambers led the University for over eight years, stepping down on June 1, 2001. At that time, Dr. James H. Ammons, Jr., became the ninth chief administrator of North Carolina Central University. Prior to his election, Dr. Ammons was the Provost and Vice President at Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida.

Dr. Charlie Nelms became the tenth chief administrator of North Carolina Central University in August of 2007. He came with a “Destination Graduation” slogan. Prior to joining North Carolina Central University, Dr. Nelms served as Vice President for Institutional Development and Student Affairs for the Indiana University System.

The Faculty

North Carolina Central University seeks to attract and maintain an outstanding faculty of individuals who are capable of contributing to the enrichment of its educational and research programs.  The University’s faculty members come from all sections of the United States as well as from several foreign countries, bringing to the campus a rich diversity of training and experience.

In addition to the primary responsibility of instruction, faculty members actively engage in research and other creative pursuits.  Research interests are widespread among the various disciplines and the faculty eagerly compete to bring grants to the University.  Much of this research result in books, scholarly papers, and presentations at professional conferences, bringing acclaim both to the individual faculty members and to the University.  Faculty members are also encouraged to participate in the activities of the community at large as well as the University community.  Many participate in government, business, educational, artistic, and other endeavors that enrich the Durham community.

The Campus

North Carolina Central University is located in the eastern section of North Carolina’s Piedmont, within the world-famous Research Triangle. The city of Durham, with a population of 218,179 is a part of a larger standard metropolitan area with 1,401,331 people. The city is sufficiently large to afford to students the advantages of contacts with urban institutions. The University draws on the cultural resources of the city, state, and nation in furthering the development of its students; it also encourages students who participate in worthwhile activities of the community.

The University is located in a community and region in which noteworthy efforts are evolving to utilize all available resources to the end of creating better environments for human development. Basic changes are taking place in the sociology and technology of the region. The University seeks to assist students to understand these changing situations so that as future community leaders they may participate in guiding the dynamics of American society toward desirable goals.


Sixty-two buildings of modern and modified Georgian brick construction are now located on North Carolina Central University’s 106-acre campus. All academic buildings, as well as the cafeterias and the student union, are completely air-conditioned.

The buildings are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing and have been designed especially to meet the needs of the students and teachers who use them. They are also designed with the fact in mind that in a state-supported institution the people of the State are ever welcome visitors and resource persons who can make significant contributions to the overall development of the institution. Lounges, seminar rooms, auditoriums, and numerous utility services for the residents and visiting public are features of all the buildings.

Attractively landscaped lawns and the geometrically arranged walks and roadways blend with the natural scenery of the foliage and trees to provide the kind of beauty that the University traditionally has regarded as one of the essentials of educational experiences.

The Hoey Administration Building, with its statute of the school’s founder, Dr. James E. Shepard, in front, is a focal point of the campus. The institution’s administrative offices as well as registration services, cashier, and the student accounting offices are located in this building. The William Jones Building, which is next to Hoey, is the former home of the School of Law and now serves as home to the Office Of Institutional Advancement, and Career Services.

The newly renovated Alexander-Dunn Building, contains the administrative offices of the University College.  Services provided include Academic Advising, Academic Support, Developmental and Supplemental Learning/Reading Instruction, and Title III Retention and Academic Strategies to ensure student success.

The B.N. Duke Auditorium, also next to Hoey, seats 875 persons for theatrical and musical performances as well as other assemblies. It was named after a generous benefactor of the institution.

Facing the Fayetteville Street side of the campus are the Lee Biology Building and the Robinson Science Building.

The Mary M. Townes Science Complex at Concord and Lawson Streets now serves as home for the Biology, Chemistry, Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science and Physics departments. These departments make up the College of Science and Technology.

The Helen G. Edmonds Classroom Building houses classrooms and seminar rooms for the departments of History, Political Science, Sociology, and Social Work.

The School of Business is housed in the recently renovated Willis Commerce Building. This building contains the most up-to-date classroom and seminar facilities as well as the School’s own computing center available for use by its faculty and students and the University as a whole.

The Taylor Education Building contains the Department of Psychology, the Institute for Minority Issues, Graduate Studies Office, office space, classrooms for the Human Sciences Department, and swing space for offices displaced because of renovations.

The Human Sciences Department is housed in the Dent Building, which contains classroom and laboratories for clothing and textiles, food and nutrition, family relations and child development, family resource management and housing, and interior design. In addition, a biochemistry and a child development laboratory for children ages 3-5 occupy sections of the Dent Building.

The Miller-Morgan Health Sciences Building offers modern classrooms, clinical and laboratory space for the departments of Nursing, Health Education, and ROTC. This building contains lounges for students and faculty, a learning resources center, and an auditorium that seats 300 and is used extensively for community and University functions.

The Criminal Justice Department and the Public Administration Program are located in the Albert N. Whiting Criminal Justice Building, which was completed in 1984 and named after a former chancellor. This building offers up-to-date classrooms, seminar rooms, and laboratory facilities that include crime and computer labs. The building also contains a library used by these disciplines.

The newly renovated Turner Law Building, facing the Alston Avenue side of the campus, houses the School of Law. The four-story building contains offices for student activities including the Law Journal, the Legal Clinic, and other student activities, as well as classroom space. The Law Library is also in the building and provides a comfortable environment for study and research.

The Leroy T. Walker Physical Education and Recreation Complex, named for a former chancellor, contains 102,000 square feet of offices, classrooms, sports facilities, and laboratories. The Center is actually four structures joined together by enclosed stairs and walkways. These structures include an aquatics building that houses a 50-meter, Olympic-size swimming pool; an administration building that also contains classrooms, faculty offices, locker rooms, and a student center; a gymnasium building that includes dance studios, training and weight rooms, dressing and storage rooms, offices, two teaching theatres, and practice areas for archery, riflery, and golf; and a gymnastics building that includes a gymnasium designed for gymnastics and eight handball courts.

The Alfonso Elder Student Union, named for a former president of the University, contains student government offices, lounges for students, meeting rooms, a snack bar and cafeteria, a game room, barber shop, and the campus book store. Facilities are available for receptions, concerts, and other public functions. The Fine Arts Building houses art studios and classrooms. The adjoining C. Ruth Edwards Building is the home of the Department of Music and includes practice studios and classrooms for music. The Edwards Music Building also contains rehearsal space for the band and a small concert auditorium. Connected to this building is the University’s Art Museum.

The Farrison-Newton Communications Building contains the departments of English and Mass Communication, Modern Foreign Languages, and Theatre. In addition to classrooms, laboratories, and seminar space, the WNCU radio station is also located in the building. The Communications Building also houses a modern 250-seat theatre in which the University’s acclaimed dramatic productions are presented.

One of the University’s newest buildings is the Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute. The 3,800-square-foot facility contains 12 research laboratories, teleconferencing capabilities, an auditorium, classrooms, and state-of-the-art telecommunications technology. The building’s construction was completed in 1998.

Chidley North Residence Hall, opened in August 2011.  This facility houses 517 students.  The building is LEED GOLD certified. There are eleven other residence hall on the campus , all of which are coed.

The H.M. Michaux Building is a 103,000-square-foot modern equipped building that was ready for occupancy in Fall 2000. The new School of Education is a state-of-the-art telecommunications technology facility, and adds an additional 100 parking spaces. This facility houses the School of Education; Information Technology, (The Early College High School is currently housed in the Robinson Science Building); Office of Research, Evaluation, and Planning; the University’s Academic Computing Center; and the Extended Studies Program.

The Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise Building (BRITE) houses the Pharmaceutical Science Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs. It contains tate-of-the-art scientific, technological, and research equipment used in the biomanufacturing and technology industries. It was opened for classes in Fall 2006.

Benjamin Ruffin Residence Hall was opened in 2007. Located off Fayetteville Street, it overlooks the University Circle and Hoey Administration Building. The newest of all residence halls, Ruffin Hall accommodates 344 students.

Martha  Street Apartments are located off Lincoln  and Cecil Streets.  Designed for graduate students, these apartments contain 32 units.

The renovation of the W.G. Pearson Cafeteria added two new conference rooms, the Chancellor’s dining room, a faculty dining room, a banquet hall, and a spacious open dining area for students with choices of six different cuisines.

Library Facilities

The mission of the libraries at North Carolina Central University is to provide resources and services, which support the University’s educational research, cultural and public service objectives.

The James E. Shepard Memorial Library, with an estimated cost of $900,000, opened November 1951. It provided open shelves, an excellent reference collection, and current books and periodicals for every field of study offered by the college. The seating capacity of the new library was approximately 500 students.

Early in 1974, construction began on a three-story addition to the library. This added approximately 50,000 square feet to the building and cost over $2,400,000. The library moved into the new addition during December 1975 and January 1976.

Before an additional library renovation could begin, mold removal and asbestos abatement at the library needed to occur. Partitions were erected on the first and second floors, sealing off the annex section of the building. In September and October 2004, mold was removed from three floors’ worth of circulating books, bound journals and historical theses (approximately 600,000 volumes). In November, all collection materials from the annex were moved to an off-site storage facility near Durham Technical Community College. Asbestos abatement was completed in December.

In January 2005, Shepard Library’s renovation was underway and completed in 2007.  As the end of Shepard Library’s renovation neared, preparations were made to move off-site materials back into the building.  Space on the ground floor that had previously been devoted entirely to the circulating book collection was now seriously diminished because of the creation of the Mega Lab, a new area for the Reserve department, some staff offices, and a large student study area. The Mega Lab is maintained and staffed by the Information Technology Services Department. The library’s expanded Treasure Room and University Archives moved into what had formerly been the Government Documents department. Most of the documents collection moved into the space vacated by the CMC, with some highly-used items located to the Reference department. All departments initiated major weeding projects at the off-site facility, pulling duplicates and little-circulated items as well as closed subscriptions or outdated journal titles.  Shepard Library staff moved into their renovated office space at the end of the spring 2007 semester. A student group study area was created on the second floor and the area vacated by the Teleconference Center’s return to the third floor was turned into the library’s first Electronic Classroom. Twenty-four computers and state-of-the art projection screens created a home base for the library’s Information Literacy program.

Library resources at North Carolina Central University are located in the James E. Shepard Memorial Library, the Music Library, the Library in the School of Library and Information Sciences, the Library of the School of Law, and the Curriculum Materials Center Library located in the Michaux School of Education.  These libraries contain a total of over 850,000 volumes.  They subscribe to a total of 6,165 periodicals.  Access to these collections is provided by an integrated online catalog and circulation system.

In 1994, NCCU became a member of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN).  TRLN is a cooperative comprised of libraries at Duke University, NCCU, UNC at Chapel Hill, and NC State University, with combined collections of over 10 million volumes.

NCCU students can borrow directly from any of the TRLN institutions by presenting a valid NCCU student ID card.  Borrowing privileges at TRLN libraries are extended to faculty, staff, and administrators who present a current University ID card.  Additional library resources are available at the remaining thirteen institutions in the UNC System, which graduate students and faculty have direct borrowing privileges.  Electronic access to these collections is provided via Search TRLN and UNC Express, which are integrated online catalogs.

The James E. Shepard Memorial Library contains 498,000 volumes and 140,200 federal and state government documents.  Microform and an extensive inventory of full-text electronic databases are among the library’s non-print resources.  Some of the electronic databases can be accessed off-campus by students and faculty.  An outstanding collection of books and pamphlets on African American life and culture is found in the Treasure Room.

Textbooks, curriculum guides, and non-print items in the field of education, are housed in the Curriculum Materials Center (CMC).  Audiovisual materials are also part of the CMC collection.  Word processing and Internet access are available on library computers for student use.

The Music Library, located on the third floor of the Edwards Music Building, contains an excellent collection of instrumental and vocal music, orchestral scores, and records, in addition to a carefully selected collection of books in the field of music.  The Music Library is a branch of the Shepard Library.

The School of Library and Information Sciences (SLIS) is located on the third floor of the James E. Shepard Memorial Library. The SLIS Library, which is a part of the School of Library and Information Sciences, houses an outstanding collection of current materials and equipment to support the academic programs in Library Science and Information Systems.

The Law Library has over 400,000 volumes and volume equivalents for your research needs. We also participate in the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), which gives our students and faculty access to the holdings of the other academic research libraries in the Research Triangle. We subscribe to electronic resources like LexisNexis, Westlaw, Fastcase, Loislaw, BNA and HeinOnline. Students, faculty and staff can access most of our electronic resources from their homes anytime using the University’s Virtual Private Network! Using these resources is not as simple as “Googling,” so our librarians provide training to ensure you have meaningful access to the many legal research databases we offer.

The Law Library provides two stories of space for individual and collaborative study. Our reading room, a product of the 2005 law school renovation, is light-filled and boasts both soft seating for momentary study breaks, and beautiful shaker-styled seating for intense study. The library’s second floor contains eight state-of-the-art study rooms available for collective study and study carrels that are unassigned and available to all students. Our students have access to the library’s space 100 hours per week.

Institutional Advancement

The Office of Institutional Advancement (IA) is charged with communicating the University’s mission, vision and goals to the public for the purpose of cultivating widespread financial support.  In turn, private funds raised by Institutional Advancement help to ensure the University’s excellence in higher education.  These contributions are put to use as soon as possible to provide support for need- and merit-based student scholarships, research, fellowships, professorships, new programs and opportunities for students, and special events that would not exist except for the work of Institutional Advancement.

According to the University’s funding priorities, professional gift officers assigned to Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Corporate and Foundation Relations and Annual Giving, plan and implement fund-raising initiatives that identify prospective donors, engage them and cultivate giving.  The officers look for opportunities to connect potential donors with particular campus programs or initiatives that coincide with the donors’ interests and philanthropic goals.  Our donor base of support includes faculty and staff, alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations.

Once the gift is received, the Advancement Services unit is responsible for acknowledging donations, providing tax receipts, preparing and distributing reports and assisting donors face-to-face, on the phone and online.  These staff manage a database of 70,000 constituent records.

Alumni Relations is the unit of IA that serves to foster the relationship between 30,000 NCCU alumni and their alma mater.  Alumni Relations encourages alumni to serve as ambassadors who will promote the university to prospective students and work to enhance the positive public perception of NCCU in their varied communities.   Alumni Relations staff develop, coordinate and promote programs to keep alumni informed about and involved in campus life.  They plan and implement special events, especially including Homecoming, to help alumni maintain their connection to their academic home.

The Office of Public Relations is part of Institutional Advancement and has a responsibility to university employees, students and alumni to enhance the image of the institution and to keep the public informed about NCCU’s staff, students, programs and activities.  The Office is also responsible for final review and sign-off on the content and design of all university publications for external audiences.  It is solely responsible for disseminating information to the news media or to hold news conferences on behalf of the university, particularly including crisis communications.  Except for crisis communications, the Office delegates all public relations services for the Division of Athletics to the Office of Sports Information.

NCCU Foundation, Inc.

The NCCU Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization works in close collaboration with Institutional Advancement and it is housed in IA’s offices.  The Foundation receives the donations on behalf of the university and oversees the investment and financial accounting of donor funds. The Foundation has a Board of Directors with the executive director reporting to the president of the Foundation Board who interacts daily with the vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement.

University Career Services

The mission of the  Career Services is to facilitate and ensure growth, expansion, and awareness of each student’s career development process through interactive programs, technological initiatives, effective career assessments, and employment opportunities.  Career Services is dedicated to helping students hone career and professional development skills needed  to stay employable in the current job market. The Office serves students from freshman year through graduation and beyond; whether it’s selecting the right major, exploring career options, looking for part-time job or internship, or preparing for an interview.  Mentoring and coaching from alumni and corporate partners also facilitate career and major decisions.  Online services are available and allows students, alumni  and employers  to access information through the Eagle Career Network, nccucareerservices@nccu.edu.

Numerous representatives from Fortune 500 and other companies throughout the United States visit Career Services each year to conduct employment interviews with prospective candidates.  Many graduate and professional schools visit or contact the Career Services r seeking candidates for graduate study in areas such as business, law, medicine, social science, and the humanities.

Part-time job resources, on-campus student employment, internships, and cooperative education opportunities are available through an extensive “experiential learning program” to assist students with obtaining valuable work experience before graduation.  Experiential opportunities are available in the governmental, private, and public sectors.  Some of these include serving as White House and Washington Center interns, working in the United States Congressional Offices or working in a major corporation such as GlaxoSmithKline, SAS, Environmental Protection Agency, and PNC Bank.

Also, Career Services programming provides a variety of professional and developmental workshops on topics such as resume writing, interviewing, job search training, and experiential education.  Brochures, pamphlets, magazines, graduate school catalogs, company annual reports, videos, and other career related materials are available for students, faculty, and alumni to browse in the Career Center and online.  Appointments may be scheduled or a counselor may see students on a walk-in basis at anytime.

Academic Community Service Learning Program

Mission Statement

The Academic Community Service Learning Program (ACSLP) contributes to the preparation of local, state, national, and international leadership through public and community service opportunities and service-based intellectual inquiry and research.  The ACSLP provides a setting for the convergence of service and scholarship for NCCU students, faculty, staff, and alumni.


The Academic Community Service Learning Program (ACSLP) provides outstanding service learning and community service activities for NCCU students, faculty, and staff. The ACSLP facilitates and supports excellence in innovative teaching, learning, and research through the intersection of intellectual theory and community-based practice across the academic spectrum.

The Program

The Academic Community Service Learning Program was established at North Carolina Central University in the 1990’s.  North Carolina Central University was one of the first institutions in NC as well as one of the first HBCUs in the United States to establish a formal presence for the integration of community service and service learning within the academic setting.  Students at NCCU utilize the community service and service learning programs organized through the ACSLP to gain valuable leadership and intellectual inquiry skills and to link academic theory to “real world” issues.

The ACSLP program has been a pioneer in Higher Education in expanding the classroom setting to include service to community.   The University encourages all undergraduates to embrace the leadership skills, critical thinking skills, and research training developed through service to the community.

All undergraduate students are required to earn 120 community service hours as part of the graduation requirement.

The ACSLP integrates service with the academic mission of NCCU in the following ways:

The Academic Community Service Learning Advisory Committee:   This board  has been reconstituted to include faculty, administrators, and community representatives who meet each semester to provide support for, guidance of, and promotion of service learning and community service as viable approaches that support intellectual inquiry and leadership development.

Faculty - Community Agency Symposium:  This forum will be offered annually to assist community organizations and faculty to better understand the link between inquiry and practice.  The symposium provides a training and communication forum for faculty and community organizations who partner to provide academic service learning activities.

GEC Faculty, Student and Community Forum:

ACSLP will engage GEC faculty, students and community partners in a special forum during the 2013-2014 academic year to discuss issues of importance in service learning. 

An Annual Recognition Banquet:  This banquet formally recognizes and showcases student, faculty, staff, and community achievements.

Annual Campus Wide-Service Project. Each year a campus-wide service project will be selected to highlight NCCU’s mission “Truth and Service” through the tangible provision of concentrated service given by NCCU’s students, faculty, and staff.  In 2008-2009, Habitat for Humanity was selected as one of NCCU’s  campus -wide service projects.

Benefits of Community Service and Service Learning

There are numerous benefits of the ACSLP including  not limited to the following:

  • Students develop leadership skills and a sense of civic and social responsibility
  • Students learn reflective and analytical skills through service.
  • Students learn reflective and analytical skills through service.
  • The Faculty is supported in providing high quality service learning courses to undergraduate students.
  • The Faculty is resourced in demonstrating the link between theory and community issues/needs.
  • Community agencies and NCCU develop and strengthen sustainable partnerships.

The Program

The Academic Community Service Learning Program supports NCCU’s mission of providing leadership training and increasing the intellectual inquiry skills of students through a combination of scholarly inquiry and practical service.

The program is structured to support student, faculty, and staff involvement in direct community service learning activities either combined with a formal departmental course or through “service activities” sponsored by the ACSLP office, Academic Departments, Colleges and Schools and through Student Affairs.The ACSLP office also registers more than 100 local agencies as official community service partners. Working with one of the many community service partner is an option for students to earn the required 120 hours of community service credit.

The University requires all full time, transfer, and re-admitted undergraduate students to complete 30 hours of community service for each academic year attending NCCU until the completion of the first four years on campus have been completedTherefore if a student has been enrolled for 3 years, the expectation is for (90) hours of service.If a student has been enrolled for four years, the expectation is 120 hours of completed community service. After the completion of 4 complete academic years of enrollment and 120 hours of service, no further hours are required.

How Do I Earn Community Service Hours?

Community Service
More than 100 agencies and organizations are registered with the ACSLP office.The ACSLP has job descriptions of volunteer service in almost every academic field and something to suit every interest.Students earn one hour of community service credit for each hour served in a community setting to count toward the university service requirement.

Service Learning
The ACSLP works with every School, College, and Academic Department on campus to register service learning courses. If you are enrolled in a service learning course in any Academic Department, you can receive community service credit if you complete the course successfully.Credit earned is based on the number of hours your professor has listed on the syllabus.

Selected One-Time Events

“One-time events” are sponsored each semester to encourage the entire campus community to engage in the University’s commitment to service. Each year a service theme is selected and at least one campus-wide event is held each semester. These events are usually worth up to 15 hours of community service credit.

Schools, Colleges, and Departments can also sponsor one-time events. If these events are registered with the ACSLP office, students can receive up to 15 hours credit per semester for participation.

ACSLP and Research

We encourage faculty and students to develop service learning research projects that combine critical inquiry with civic engagement.Each year, the ACSLP will sponsor a workshop to assist faculty and students to consider utilizing civic engagement/action research methods. Civic Engagement research is an excellent tool for upper level courses, completing independent assignments, and for faculty to utilize in research.

Utilizing Civic Engagement /action research meets university goals and enhances university-community collaboration.

Commonly Asked Questions About Community Service/Service Learning

What activities constitute acceptable Community Service? Community Service is conducted when students are engaged in the following activities:


  • Students are placed in a community-based public or private organization through the ACSLP program.  The placement will involve approved sites selected by the ACSLP to provide NCCU students with optimal opportunities to link theory with practice.
  • Students participate in a service learning course that has been registered with the ACSLP Program.
  • Students participate in one-time events hosted either by Academic Departments or student ACSLP.  All one-time events must be registered with the ACSLP.
  • Students participate in approved practicum courses, internships, or other courses that combine theory with practical volunteer hours served in the community. All hours served in the community must be volunteered.   Internship and Practicum courses must be registered with the ACSLP.

Who is exempt from Community Service?

Students who have graduated from NCCU after completion of a four-year degree and are returning for a second degree are exempt from the service requirement. Additionally, all current seniors who have re-enrolled at NCCU and were classified as a senior before 1995 are exempt

Student Veterans, Military Reserve and National Guard Community Service Requirement

Student Veterans

Enrolled NCCU students who are veterans and have completed military active duty with an honorable discharge will earn 60 hours of credit towards the required 120 hours of community service.  To qualify for this credit, the student must present their military form DD-214 showing the discharge status to the office of Academic Community Service Learning (ACSL).

National Guard and Military Reserve

Enrolled NCCU students who are current members of the Military Reserve or National Guard will earn 60 hours of credit towards the required 120 hours of community service.  The qualification for this credit is based upon completion of basic training, job training, and a minimum of one year cycle (one weekend per month and two-weeks per year assignments), and the student must present their enlistment contract and military form DD-214 to the office of Academic Community Service Learning (ACSL).

Active Duty

Enrolled NCCU students who are called to active duty must present a copy of their military orders to the office of ACSL and the University Registrar.  These students will earn 60 hours of credit towards the required 120 hours of community service.

Why are we required to complete community service?

NCCU’s motto is “Truth and Service”. Dr. James Shepard, NCCU’s founder thought that service was an essential element of a college education.In today’s competitive world, the character, commitment, and sense of purpose developed through community service provide NCCU students a clear and consistent advantage.

What will happen if I fail to complete community service?

If the community service requirement is ignored, students will have their accounts flagged. A student will be unable to register for future courses until the service requirement is met. Continued deficits in service will jeopardize graduation.


Transportation is provided to placement sites within a 15 minute driving distance from campus. Transportation services depend upon the availability of resources.

Other Resources Available Through ACSLP

America Reads Program

America Reads Program is a national literacy effort seeking to involve college students as volunteer tutors. Students work in community schools and organizations to help young children improve reading skills.

America Reads is a work-study funded program, and students can earn work-study funding while participating in this volunteer activity.  Students must complete an application with ACSLP to become eligible for the America Reads program

Focus on Retention

The ACSLP has initiated a “Focus on Retention” initiative to help faculty and students to capitalize on the research-based connection between community service/service learning and college retention.

Civic Leadership Initiative

The ACSLP provides technical support to the community agencies and organizations that partner with us to provide valuable experiences to NCCU  students. In the future, a Civic Leadership Institute for students, faculty, and community will be offered through ACSLP to learn the theory and practice of civic engagement and community participation.