A study outlining the positive impacts of a College of Health Sciences at UNC Pembroke is headed to the General Assembly after being approved by the UNC Board of Governors on Friday.

The state budget adopted in 2017 provided up to $100,000 to perform a study on the feasibility of establishing the college at UNCP. The legislatively-directed study charged the Board of Governors with considering the health care needs of the region as well as the economic benefits in its review.

“We are appreciative of the General Assembly’s passion for improving the health outcomes of our region, and in the implied confidence in UNC Pembroke’s ability to be the driving force to address these needs by forming a College of Health Sciences,” Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings said while addressing the Board of Governors’ Educational Planning, Policies and Programs Committee.

The study includes an in-depth look at the region, possible health care programs, and a potential approach to the establishment of a College of Health Sciences.

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Originally published March 24, 2018.