Five-year Goals and Associated Interim Benchmarks
In January 2017, the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina unanimously approved Higher Expectations, a five-year Strategic Plan for the UNC System. The Plan calls on the UNC System to achieve ambitious goals in access, student success, affordability and efficiency, economic impact and community engagement, and institutional excellence and diversity.
Progress on these goals and metrics will be achieved through the hard work and commitment of institutional leaders, faculty, and staff. In that spirit, University of North Carolina at Charlotte has identified these contributions that University of North Carolina at Charlotte aspires to make to the UNC Strategic Plan over the next five years.
By 2021-22, UNCC will produce 3,094 low-income graduates, an increase of 29.8% (711 additional low-income completions over a base of 2,383).
From UNC Charlotte: UNC Charlotte graduates approximately 38 percent more NC Pell Grant recipients than any other institution in the UNC System. UNC Charlotte is dedicated to student success and has interventions targeted to low-income and underrepresented students. Academic advising is a well-developed system, which provides early alerts and intercessions. The University Center for Academic Excellence offers tutoring, supplemental instruction, mentoring, and other targeted programs. Learning Communities and the Transfer Center provide tailored support services to improve rates of student success.
Five-year Graduation Rates
By 2022, UNCC will improve its five-year graduation rate from any accredited institution to 64.8%. This is an improvement over a base of 59.1% for UNCC’s 2010 cohort.
From UNC Charlotte: As of 2018, UNC Charlotte has exceeded its goal for improving its five-year graduation – from 59.1% in 2010 to 67.2% in 2018. UNC Charlotte’s Graduation Initiative is a multi-step effort designed to clarify degree requirements, reduce barriers to student progression, and aid in students’ ability to successfully navigate their curriculum. In addition, the Prospect for Success program is designed to increase student engagement to help them become intentional, curious, and aware. The program helps students to be successful in their respective degree programs while providing the tools to graduate in a timely fashion and with a degree that prepares them for a career.
Undergraduate Degree Efficiency
By 2021-22, UNCC will maintain its undergraduate degree efficiency at its current level of 25.8.
From UNC Charlotte: UNC Charlotte’s undergraduate degree efficiency in the 2015-16 year ranked second among the UNC System institutions. This achievement reflects the university’s commitment to the success of all students. The receptive environment for transfer students contributes to UNC Charlotte’s high undergraduate degree efficiency. UNC Charlotte receives the largest number of transfer students in the system, totaling approximately 50% of the student population. The University Transfer Center provides support and resources to provide a seamless transition with the goal to increase retention and graduation rates of transfer students.
By 2021-22, UNCC will produce 4,188 critical workforce credentials, an increase of 33.9% (1,061 additional critical workforce credentials over a base of 3,127).
From UNC Charlotte: UNC Charlotte is making progress on this goal and is uniquely positioned to address the critical workforce needs in the state’s largest metropolitan region. Its programs produce teachers for the K-12 sector, nurses and other health professionals for the health sector, and engineers, computing professionals, and data scientists for the tech sector. UNC Charlotte is third among UNC System institutions in production of critical workforce professionals.
By 2021-22, UNCC will receive $54,907,015 in research and development sponsored program awards and licensing income, an increase of 44.1% ($16,800,000 additional over a base of $38,107,015).
From UNC Charlotte: The research enterprise at UNCC has expanded significantly in recent years and continues to grow. Growth in faculty, staff, and student resources, along with research infrastructure, has helped to facilitate a 93-percent increase in awards since 2011-12.
By fall 2021, UNCC will enroll 10,056 low-income students, a 17.5% increase over 2015 levels (1,497 additional low-income students over a base of 8,559).
From UNC Charlotte: UNC Charlotte enrolls 16 percent more NC Pell Grant recipients than any other institution in the UNC System.
The UNC System places special expectations on UNC Charlotte to enroll NC Pell Grant recipients, with targets representing the largest numerical increases in the System. When UNC Charlotte reaches these targets, the institution will enroll 19 percent more Pell recipients than any other institution in the System.
By 2021-22, UNCC will produce 1,360 rural graduates, an increase of 15.6% (184 additional rural completions over a base of 1,176).
From UNC Charlotte: While the majority of UNC Charlotte undergraduates arrive from the expanding Charlotte-Mecklenburg region or other growing urban regions, students also come from counties in the nearby region classified as Tier 2. The campus currently ranks fourth in the System for awards to “rural” students, trailing only East Carolina University, Appalachian State University, and NC State University.
Achievement Gaps in Undergraduate Degree Efficiency
By 2021-22, UNCC will reduce by 50% the achievement gap in undergraduate degree efficiency between underrepresented minority and non-underrepresented minority students.
From UNC Charlotte: UNC Charlotte has nearly achieved the target with 25.6 data points in 2018. Progress continues. In the baseline year of 2015-16, undergraduate degree efficiency among underrepresented minority students at UNC Charlotte was 24.8, the second highest figure in the UNC System and a reflection of an historical commitment to serving a diverse student body. Nevertheless, this 24.8 data point was 1.3 points below the 26.1 undergraduate degree efficiency among other UNC Charlotte students. In 2016-17, there was no gap in undergraduate degree efficiency between underrepresented minority students and other students, but still 0.3 points below the 25.8 target.
UNC Charlotte offers many programs to facilitate student success, including academic engagement opportunities for traditionally underserved minorities and first-generation students through the Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusion.
By fall 2021, UNCC will enroll 6,279 rural students, a 13.5% increase over 2016 levels (748 additional rural students over a base of 5,531).
From UNC Charlotte: The majority of UNC Charlotte undergraduates arrive from the expanding Charlotte-Mecklenburg region, as well as other growing urban regions, but many of its students come from counties in the nearby region classified as Tier 2. The institution currently ranks second in the UNC System for enrollment of “rural” students, trailing only East Carolina University.
UNC Charlotte is working to obtain the System’s second-largest increase in rural enrollments by 2021. The increase will occur through a commitment to success for all students.