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The 2020 June Edition of the Watson Chronicle is online!
We are pleased to share with you the latest edition of the Watson Chronicle. We welcome your comments and feedback, and hope you'll join us in sharing the stories of the work of the Watson College with others. Read more >


Three WCE Students Receive Hattie Strong Scholarships Awards
The Watson College was pleased to award three Hattie M. Strong scholarships in spring 2020. The recipients are May graduates Taylor Crooks, Katerina Katsikis and Marie Unger. Read more >


WCE’s Kevin McClure Receives Joyce Foundation Grant for Study on How Covid-19 Impacts Rural Colleges
WCE associate professor Kevin McClure has received a grant through the Joyce Foundation for a program titled “Federal Support for Broadly Accessible Rural-Serving Institutions in Response to Covid-19.” Funds totaling $101,000 will support a six-month collaborative effort to understand how budget cuts might impact rural student access and attainment at public universities and to identify federal policy recommendations. Read more >

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Watson College Dean Van Dempsey Appointed to Governor’s DRIVE Task Force
Van Dempsey, dean of UNCW’s Watson College of Education, has been appointed to serve on Governor Cooper’s Task Force to Develop a Representative and Inclusive Vision for Education. The DRIVE Task Force is focused on improving equity and inclusion in education, with a particular focus on diversity in the education profession in North Carolina. Read more >


WCE to Offer Graduate Programs in Evaluation and Organizational Learning
The Watson College will introduce a Master of Science in Evaluation and Organizational Learning and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Evaluation in fall 2020. The programs provide professionals in a wide range of fields with the skills to evaluate programs, products, systems, and policies for organizational learning and change. The Graduate School is currently accepting fall applications. Read more >


WCE Corona Virus Support Page
In order to streamline WCE correspondence and complement university-level communications distributed by the Office of University Relations, this resource page will be updated regularly with the most up-to-date information. Resources for faculty, staff, students, and parents is located here: https://uncw.edu/ed/coronavirus.html

Online Information Sessions
Curious about our programs at the Watson College of Education? Join WCE Recruiter Dean Heath for several, individualized information sessions. RSVP here or email Dean Heath at heatht@uncw.edu for session information.

Robert Smith, Kayce Smith Contribute to EdNC Series on Innovation
EducationNC ran a week-long series on innovation in North Carolina schools in January. WCE professor Robert Smith, doctoral student Kayce Smith and members of the Educational Innovation Network NC were contributing authors. Read more >


WCE Launches Community College Collaborative
The Watson College has launched a new initiative in partnership with community colleges in Eastern North Carolina. The UNCW 3C Collaborative seeks to grow the next generation of community college leaders through collaborative partnerships, professional development and new graduate programs for aspiring community college leaders. MORE...

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New Video Shows Future Seahawks “The Watson Experience”
WCE is pleased to share a new video of “The Watson College experience!” The video was first shown at Watson Preview Day on November 8. Preview Days are held each semester give high school students, prospective transfers and their families an opportunity to learn about WCE programs, meet faculty and current students, and visit the Ed Lab and CMC located in the Education Building on campus. MORE...


WCE Launches Strategic Initiative, ‘Charting the Course’
Eighty-five faculty and staff members participated in a “Charting the Course, Navigating the Future” summit at the Watson College on January 7. Denise Henning and the WCE Leadership Team used Appreciative Inquiry to guide small group discussions of WCE strengths, opportunities and aspirations. Additional reflective meetings with a broad range of stakeholders are planned. The goal of the initiative is to establish new strategic directions to guide the work of the Watson College. MORE...


UNCW Receives National Rankings for Teacher Certification, Online Programs 
North Carolina continues to lead the nation with the most National Board certified teachers. UNCW ranks 21st in the country and eighth in the state with 837 NBCTs. UNCW is also ranked 8th in the nation on the U.S. News & World Report list of “2019 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.” MORE...


WCE Students Visit Schools in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Six Watson College students traveled to Ethiopia in December, where they had an opportunity to observe in classrooms and teach lessons in three different schools. Heidi Higgins and Meredith Jones led the international field experience, WCE’s third to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. MORE...

Alumni Update
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