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North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities

by Wiley J. Williams, 2006

The North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities traces its origins to October 1921 at a meeting of the state's college presidents and delegates in Greensboro. The meeting represented the birth of the North Carolina College Conference, which continued to meet until November 1965. At that time the conference's name was changed to the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities. It is the only statewide organization that brings together the University of North Carolina General Administration and its 16 public universities; the state's independent and church-related colleges and universities, including senior institutions and junior private colleges; the North Carolina Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; the State Department of Community Colleges and many of its community colleges, technical colleges, and technical institutes; and other related groups. The association provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and the sharing of solutions to mutual problems. Its African American counterpart, the North Carolina Negro College Conference, merged into the association in 1962.


J. Braxton Harris and Richard D. Howe, North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities, 1921-1986: A Short History of the Association and its Leaders and Honorees (1986).

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North Carolina College Conference Records, NC Department of Cultural Resources, Archives & History:


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