Wingate University hosts Independent Colleges Spring Forum

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Wingate, NC – When it comes to access to college and success in college, North Carolina's independent colleges and universities are taking more aggressive steps to address these key issues. At the Independent Colleges Access Network Spring Forum to be held at Wingate University Levine College of Health Sciences on June 6, representatives from 36 private colleges and universities will share what they are doing to target more low-income students - from providing information about financing to helping them learn about academic programs. They will also discuss initiatives they are taking to ensure success in college and raise graduation rates.

The 36 independent colleges and universities in North Carolina will be joined at this event by member institutions of the Charlotte Area Education Consortium, a group of colleges and universities from North and South Carolina that work together to share resources and provide educational opportunities to citizens residing in the Charlotte Metropolitan area.

Dr. Jerry E. McGee, Wingate University president and chair of presidents for NCICU, and Hope Williams, NCICU president, will give opening introductions at the forum. Local high school and college students will participate in panel discussions regarding the student’s perspective of issues impacting them in the areas of accessing and succeeding in college. The program will also include representatives from National College Advising Corps and the U.S. Dept. of Education as guest speakers.

Wingate University
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private comprehensive university with more than 2,300 students on two campuses in Wingate and Matthews, North Carolina. The University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, physician assistant studies and sports administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. Wingate students gain the tools and support they need to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. The campus community offers in-class learning, out-of-class experiences, strong mentors, a competitive yet caring environment and rewarding community service opportunities for a complete educational experience.

Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports, and the University has won the South Atlantic Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years.