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North Carolina Central University is a comprehensive university offering programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, professional and selected doctoral levels. It is the nation’s first public liberal arts institution founded for African-Americans.

History

Presidents/Chancellors
James E. Shepard President 1909–1947
Alfonso Elder President 1948–1963
Samuel P. Massie President 1963–1966
Albert N. Whiting President
Chancellor
1967–1972
1972–1982
LeRoy T. Walker Chancellor 1983–1986
Tyronza R. Richmond Chancellor 1986–1992
Donna J. Benson Chancellor 1992–1993
Julius L. Chambers Chancellor 1993–2001
James H. Ammons Chancellor 2001–2007
Charlie Nelms Chancellor 2007–pres


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 1957. Graduate courses in the School of Arts and Sciences in 1939, in the School of Law in 1940, and the School of Library Science in 1941. In 1947, the General Assembly changed the name of the institution to North Carolina College at Durham.

On October 6, 1947, Shepard, the founder and president, died, and was succeeded in 1948 by Dr. Alfonso Elder. Elder remained with the institution until he retired September 1, 1963. Dr. Samuel P. Massie was appointed as the third president on August 9, 1963, and resigned on February 1, 1966. On July 1, 1967, Dr. Albert N. Whiting assumed his duties as president until his retirement June 30, 1983.

The 1969 General Assembly established the institution as one of the State’s regional universities, and the name was changed to North Carolina Central University. Since 1972, NCCU has been a constituent institution of the University of North Carolinamarker system. On July 1, 1972, the state’s four-year colleges and universities were joined to become The Consolidated University of North Carolina, with 16 individual campuses, headed by a single president and governed by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.

Whiting was succeeded by Dr. LeRoy T. Walker as chancellor, followed by Dr. Tyronza R. Richmond, Dr. Donna J. Benson, Julius L. Chambers (who had previously been director-counsel (chief executive) of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund), James H. Ammons, and on August 1, 2007, Charlie Nelms.

Academics

The most popular areas of study are criminal justice, business administration, nursing, biology, political science, and psychology.

Rankings

  • US News and World Reports #10 HBCU
  • US News and World Reports #1 Public HBCU
  • US News and World Reports #1 HBCU in the state of North Carolina
  • US News and World Reports #55 Masters level University


Graduate Studies

North Carolina Central offers 36 masters degrees and 1 professional degree.

  • Biology
    • Biology, Secondary Education


  • Counselor Education
    • Community Agency Counseling
    • Career Counseling
    • School Counseling


  • Chemistry
    • Chemistry, Secondary Education


  • Criminal Justice
    • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement


  • Education
    • Elementary Ed (K-6)
    • Middle Grades (6-8)
    • English Education (9-12)
    • Mathematics Education (9-12)
  • Educational Technology
  • English
  • Earth Sciences
  • History
    • History, Secondary Education
  • Human Sciences
    • Family and Consumer Sciences
    • Human Sciences with Licensure
  • Information Sciences
  • Information Sciences and Curriculum and Instruction (Elementary and Middle Grades)
  • Jazz Studies
  • Joint Juris Doctor/ Master of Library Science JD/MLS
  • Joint Master of Business Administration/ Juris Doctor JD/MBA JDMBA
  • Joint Master of Business Administration/ Master of Information Science MBA/MIS
  • Mathematics
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Library Science
  • Master of Information Science
  • Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Master of School Administration
  • Middle Grades (6-9)
  • Physical Education
    • Physical Education (K-12)
    • Physical Education (with licensure)
    • Physical Education and Recreation
    • Adapted Phys Ed
    • P.E., with Licensure
    • P.E., K-12
  • Physics
  • Psychology
    • Clinical Track
    • General Experimental Track
  • Public Administration
    • Executive Master of Public Admin
    • Recreation Administration
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Special Ed.
    • Visually Handicapped
    • Behavior/Emotionally Handicapped
    • Learning Disabilities
    • Mentally Handicapped
    • Orientation & Mobility


Colleges



Schools



Research Institutes at NCCU



Additional programs



Location

North Carolina Central University is located in Durham, N.C.

Notable alumni

Controversy

Issues concerning degree accreditation

In 2008, it was disclosed that the university had, since 2004, been operating a small satellite campus at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgiamarker, whose pastor, Bishop Eddie L. Long, is a member of the University Board of Trustees. The accreditor refused to recognize the degrees awarded to the 25 students who attended the program.

Student activities

Student organizations

North Carolina Central University has 130 registered student organizations and 12 honor societies.

Athletics

Championships
Basketball (Men)
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions (CIAA) 1946, 1950
NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances 1957, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1997
NCAA Division II Regional Champions 1989, 1993
NCAA Division II National Champions 1989
Football
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions (CIAA) 1953, 1954, 1956, 1961, 1963, 1980, 2005, 2006
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Champions (MEAC) 1972, 1973
NCAA Division II Playoff Appearances 1988, 2005, 2006
Track & Field (Men)
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions (CIAA) 1964, 1965, 1971
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Champions (MEAC) 1972, 1973, 1974
NAIA National Champions 1972
Tennis (Men)
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions (CIAA) 1957, 1958, 1959, 1964, 1965, 1998
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Champions (MEAC) 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975
Volleyball (Women)
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions (CIAA) 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006
NCAA Division II Playoff Appearances 2004, 2005, 2006
Softball
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions (CIAA) 1998, 1999, 2006
NCAA Division II Playoff Appearances 2006, 2007
Basketball (Women)
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions (CIAA) 1984, 2007
NCAA Division II Playoff Appearances 1984, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007
Cross Country (Women)
2005, 2006
NCAA Division II Regional Champions 2006
Cross Country (Men)
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions (CIAA) 2004
Bowling (Women)
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions (CIAA) 2001
NCCU sponsors fourteen men’s and women’s sports teams that participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I as a newly readmitted member of the MEAC. Athletic teams include football, softball, baseball, basketball, track and field, tennis, volleyball, bowling, and golf.

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