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Meet Phoebe

Phoebe Pak (she/her/hers), usgacademics@unc.edu

Phoebe Pak serves as the Director of the Department of Academic Affairs and Professional Development on the Cabinet of the Richards Administration.

Phoebe is a junior from Cary, NC double majoring in Neuroscience & Health Policy and Management with a minor in Chemistry. On campus, she is involved with the ambassador leadership team at the Office of Undergraduate Research and is a research assistant at Gillings School of Global Public Health. She has been involved in the Executive Branch for the past two years and has worked within the Academic Affairs Committee and Dean of Arts and Sciences Committee.

Phoebe’s goals for the upcoming year are to proactively research, analyze, and identify root causes of inequity and disparities within our system and bring voices of unheard and marginalized to the table to bring about positive, long-lasting impacts on educational policy, curriculum design, and renovating access to and use of academic resources for all students to equitably thrive and pursue their passion and maximize professional growth throughout their time and beyond Carolina.

Department Description

Carolina offers its students an immense set of resources to help them succeed academically. UNC’s undergraduate students also have the privilege of being surrounded by an expansive network of graduate students who come to Chapel Hill with their own unique backgrounds and experiences. Nevertheless, the Moseley Administration recognizes a serious under-utilization of key academic resources on campus and a lack of unity between the undergraduate and graduate students of the university. The Moseley Administration aims to advocate for a more transparent and equal academic experience for all students, regardless of their background.


Department Projects for the Richards Administration

General Education Reform- The Office of Undergraduate Curricula is working to implement a new general education curriculum to be introduced in the Fall of 2021 with the Class of 2025 being the first cohort to graduate with the curriculum. Academic Affairs, as well as many other actors throughout the university, are working to provide student input into this multifaceted project and address many of the challenges associated with its implementation. Specific projects include EDUC 101, Campus Life Experiences, and AP/IB Credit Transfers, among others.

Publishing of Grade Distributions – In the interest of administrative and educational transparency, the publishing of grade distributions allows students to view the expected grade of potential courses to help inform their decisions to enroll in specific courses and or different sections. This effort is being led by Academic Affairs but is in coordination with the Provost Office as well as the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Open Syllabus Archive – In order to provide students with more comprehensive information on potential course enrollments, the process of pursuing an open syllabus archive allows students information into a historical database of published syllabi. In coordination with the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Academic Affairs is leading this project in the hopes that they can help inform student decisions with registration.

School of Data Science – The administration is working to develop a school of data, information, and society on campus with a focus on social and public progress. In coordination with the Provost Office, there is a great deal of room for student input and troubleshooting as Academic Affairs works to address several of the logistical challenges that are presented.

Course Registration Reform – A secondary project. In the academic year 2019-2020, Academic Affairs, in coordination with Operational Excellence of the Provost Office, helped to inform decisions regarding the new course registration process that is planned to be implemented in the Fall of 2020 for Spring 2021 courses. This project is largely completed but Academic Affairs is serving in a liaison role to help inform any problems that may arise. Discussions of this project may arise but Academic Affairs has largely passed this project on to be implemented.

Peer Advising Implementation –  A secondary project. In the academic year 2019-2020, Academic Affairs, in coordination with the Academic Advising Program, is working to implement an updated and reformed Peer Advising program with the hope that it can help to remedy some of the strain and inefficiencies currently existing. Academic Affairs is currently advocating for its inclusion in the incoming Hub Model of Advising but are largely outside observers at this point, including input when applicable.

Advocating for First-Generation, International, and Transfer Student Interests – A central goal of Academic Affairs is to advocate for and include the interests of first-generation, international, and transfer students in all projects. As an organization with access to many administrators and faculty, it is very important to the committee that all groups are having their voices heard and amplified by our work. Committee meetings will often include guests from various student organizations to help increase visibility of the committee in these communities to ensure their interests are addressed in the committee’s policy positions.