Ask Dr. Carter

Dr. CarterThis is your chance to ask Dr. Carter about what is happening at Johnson C. Smith University and the University’s vision for the future. 

If you have a question, simply complete this form. Every month we will answer as many questions as possible and Dr. Carter’s answers will be posted here. 

Most Recent Question and Answer

With all of the fascinating, innovative and cutting edge additions, upgrades, interventions and initiatives you and your staff have achieved during your tenure...

...why do you think select alumni are still discontent and at odds with the new directions of the University? Likewise, with the new buildings, educational pursuits, awards, technologies, etc. (although there are challenges that alumni are concerned about such as student retention, attrition rates, closing the education department, and shifting away from the HBCU designation) what more can you and your staff do to bridge the emotional or psychological gap/distance between JCSU alumni and JCSU’s senior management? And, what can the National Alumni Association do to help bridge the gap/distance outside of donating/giving more to the University?


As I was walking along Dixon Street to visit the Duke Hall and George E. Davis House restoration sites last week, I noticed a car coming down the street. As the car came closer to me, I saw the driver roll down the window. He identified himself as an alumnus, told me how proud he is of the progre...

Last 10 Questions (click for answers)

Question Date answered
With all of the fascinating, innovative and cutting edge additions, upgrades, interventions and initiatives you and your staff have achieved during your tenure... 11/21/2013
What effect will the recently announced layoffs have on instruction and student services? 11/21/2013
While on campus, I had to travel up the path from the Humanities Building to Biddle Hall. It would be safer to have lighting at the stairs right at the Student Union. It is dark and could cause injury if someone missed a step. 11/20/2013
What is the amount of restricted funds and unrestricted funds raised during the 2012-13 fiscal year? 11/6/2013
Why don’t we sing the Loyalty Song during the Homecoming game at halftime or after the game? 9/24/2013
When will construction of the new Science Center be completed? What will the building be named? 9/19/2013
What are the positives of engaging in a partnership with the Kennedy Charter Chool and where will the students be housed. What guarantees and/or access will Kennedy Charter School have to University facilities? 9/19/2013
A significant number of students were not able to return to school during the 2012-2013 year because of changes in financial aid on the federal level. What plans and/or steps are in place to ensure that student aid will not continue to be adversely affect 8/1/2013
How do social responsibility and community involvement initiatives add to the students’ educational experience, contribute to their ability to find gainful employment, and ultimately add to the University’s bottom line? 7/25/2013
Mosaic Village is a wonderful facility with state-of-the-art student apartments and retail space, but I was led to believe that it was about 60 percent full in the spring 2013 semester and most of the business/retail space is underutilized. 7/25/2013
What are the internship and career options that come from majoring in programs within the Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts department? 7/11/2013
Are there plans for theater camps, related workshops and summer programs to engage the community? 7/11/2013
What outreach programs are in the works at the Arts Factory to connect its programs to the community? 7/11/2013
The business and accounting programs no longer have national or regional accreditation, and the banking program has all but disappeared. Why is the University in the process of shuttering and/or scaling back support for once marquee concentrations and maj 7/3/2013
Many wealthy individuals and businesses made major gifts last year to various colleges and institutions to take advantage of tax loopholes that were set to expire. What was JCSU’s major gifts focus during that time? 7/3/2013
What is the progress of the University’s $150,000,000 comprehensive campaign? 7/3/2013
When will construction begin on the renovation of the George E. Davis House? 6/14/2013
What is the 20-year trend on faculty with doctorate degrees? 6/14/2013
What is the University’s value proposition that an alumnus can use to convince a high school student and his/her parents that JCSU is a good choice for the student’s undergraduate education? 6/14/2013
What is the expected enrollment of new students and expected total enrollment for Fall 2013? 6/14/2013
Why did the U.S. Department of Education make a visit to campus this past May? 6/14/2013
Why are we closing the Department of Education? 6/11/2013
Is the Board of Trustees changing the name of the University? 6/11/2013
Why didn’t Dr. Carter attend the National Alumni Association meeting on May 18, 2013? 6/11/2013
How far has the University come with the global education initiative? 6/10/2013
Does the University plan to offer degrees online? 6/10/2013
Why did the University end the relationship with FDY, and who is the new food service vendor? 6/10/2013