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 Greensboro has identified these contributions that University of North Carolina at Greensboro aspires to make to the UNC Strategic Plan over the next five years.


Low-income Enrollments

By fall 2021, UNCG will enroll 8,161 low-income students, a 15.1% increase over 2015 levels (1,072 additional low-income students over a base of 7,089).

From UNC Greensboro: From our origins as a normal school for women, through our evolution into a co-educational university, UNC Greensboro has provided opportunity and excellence for students who are historically underrepresented among college populations.  We currently serve a diverse student body.  We are recognized for providing not just access but also support to help all students succeed. In 2016, UNCG was one of 13 public universities recognized by the United States Department of Education for excelling in enrolling and graduating Pell grant recipients.  UNCG is also part of a select group of colleges and universities in the Frontier Set, a Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation funded project aimed at eliminating racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in college attainment. Specialized and intensive advising, a summer bridge program, online supplemental instruction, academic success coaching, and enhanced career counseling are new tools being utilized to attract, retain, and graduate more low-income students.

Low-income Completions

By 2021-22, UNCG will produce 2,115 low-income graduates, an increase of 32.5% (519 additional low-income completions over a base of 1,596).

From UNC Greensboro: UNC Greensboro prides itself on having a collective and tenacious focus on success for all students.  Student transformation–“the process of students developing the knowledge and skills needed to be informed and engaged members of society and successful in life and work”–is a core pillar of our institution’s strategic plan.  UNCG is known for providing a supportive and rigorous environment, which promotes our students’ timely progress toward their bachelor’s degrees.   For example, the Students First office provides a one-stop shop for assisting students with academic advising, recovery from academic challenges, and graduation planning.  Students First also coordinates an early warning system, which makes it easy for faculty to help students when they are beginning to encounter challenges that may have a long-term impact on their academic success.

Five-year Graduation Rates

By 2022, UNCG will improve its five-year graduation rate from any accredited institution to 62.4%. This is an improvement over a base of 56.7% for UNCG’s 2010 cohort.

From UNC Greensboro: UNC Greensboro is designated as a minority-serving institution, with approximately 35 percent of our students coming from underrepresented minority groups. Consistently, we are recognized for our success in closing achievement gaps between African-American and White students, most recently in a report by The Education Trust. For example, our graduation rate for African-American students is almost 20 percent higher than the rate for African-American students at our top 15 peer institutions.  In addition to being part of the larger Frontier Set, UNCG is one of six institutions chosen by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities to serve in a leadership capacity to help other high potential universities work to promote timely graduation for students from underrepresented communities.

Achievement Gaps in Undergraduate Degree Efficiency

By 2021-22, UNCG will reduce by 50% the achievement gap in undergraduate degree efficiency between underrepresented minority and non-underrepresented minority students.

From UNC Greensboro: UNC Greensboro’s commitment to student transformation begins at the point of enrollment, where ensuring that all qualified students have access to our university is critical.  UNCG has one of the oldest TRIO programs in the county. TRIO provides dedicated academic support to first generation and students from low-income families. Programs like the UNCG Guarantee–a scholarship program for high-achieving, low-income students– help make attending our university more possible.  In addition to receiving a robust financial aid package, Guarantee students are provided mentorship, dedicated advising, and a variety of programming aimed at ensuring successful completion of their undergraduate degree in four years.  Other programs, like UNCG CHANCE (Campamento Hispano Abriendo Nuestro Camino a la Educacion/Hispanice Camp Opening the Path to Education), provide a three-day intensive college readiness experience to high school students who have had little exposure to the higher education system.  The hope is that these students and families will be more likely to pursue a bachelor’s degree and enroll at UNCG after becoming more familiar with its programs and possibilities.

Critical Workforces

By 2021-22, UNCG will produce 1,544 critical workforce credentials, an increase of 19.5% (252 additional critical workforce credentials over a base of 1,292).

From UNC Greensboro: Home to strong and vibrant schools of NursingHealth and Human SciencesNanoscienceEducationBusiness, and  Arts and Sciences, UNC Greensboro has a long history of educating individuals who become high-quality nurses, scientists, health professionals, and teachers in our community and beyond. Several new initiatives, like the Union Square Campus–developed in partnership with Cone Health, North Carolina A&T University, and Guilford Technical Community College–are expanding our ability to prepare strong candidates who can help North Carolina address the growing demand for highly qualified nurses. A fully online EdD program in kinesiology is meeting the growing need for advanced education in the rapidly evolving field of human movement.  The School of Education has launched the Haggai Academy, a new scholarship program that complements the existing Teacher Education Fellows program, but is designed to support non-traditional students who seek teacher licensure. And the new Moss Street Partnership school provides a rich environment for disseminating best practices in teaching.


Rural Completions

By 2021-22, UNCG will produce 1,167 rural graduates, an increase of 12.9% (133 additional rural completions over a base of 1,034).

From UNC Greensboro: North Carolina is fortunate to have a strong community college system, which provides widespread access to post-high school education across the state.  Given the community colleges’ greater geographic reach, many students from rural areas who seek bachelor’s degrees begin at community colleges, with the hope of transferring to a four-year institution.  With that in mind, UNC Greensboro has created  seven co-admissions programs to smooth the transition between earning an associate and bachelor’s degree.  These programs give co-admitted students access to UNCG’s on-campus resources while they are earning their associate’s degree, so that students have greater comfort being in a university environment when they make their transition.  Students also have access to coordinated financial aid disbursement and on-site advising at our partner community colleges.  Strong online programs also provide greater access to a four-year degree for students from rural areas; UNCG has recently launched a fully online bachelor’s degree in professional studies, which emphasizes the skills and knowledge that members of the business community have indicated are most needed.

Undergraduate Degree Efficiency

By 2021-22, UNCG will improve its undergraduate degree efficiency to 21.7 over a base of 20.4.

From UNC Greensboro: Whether a student’s pathway to earning an undergraduate degree is straight and narrow, or takes some twists and turns along the way, UNC Greensboro is committed to helping each student find a clear direction toward timely completion.  For example, student veterans often bring an array of credits with them to UNCG and can find assistance with determining an efficient path to graduation in the Office of Military Affiliated Services. Because of services like this, UNCG has been consistently recognized as a veteran-friendly school.  Tailored support is also available for transfer students, another group whose path can be complex, both before and after enrolling.  Another initiative helps those students who enroll without declaring a major and accumulate credit hours while they explore their possibilities. UNCG offers these students dedicated advising designed to shorten the decision and completion timelines.  Students who fall behind in earning credits are strongly encouraged to enroll in summer courses in order to stay on track and can apply for financial assistance to help them do so.   All new students, whether first-time freshmen or students with associate’s degrees, participate in our newly launched academic orientation, NAV1GATE.

Research Productivity

By 2021-22, UNCG will receive $35,447,019 in research and development sponsored program awards and licensing income, an increase of 19.8% ($5,858,522 additional over a base of $29,588,497).

From UNC Greensboro: UNC Greensboro’s faculty, staff, and students are redefining the public research university as an inclusive, collaborative, and responsive institution that makes a difference in the communities we serve. UNCG is one of just 50 doctoral universities in the country classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having both “higher research activity” and a deep, broad, and sustained commitment to community engagement.  UNCG research makes a difference. We’ve helped develop strategies for using technology to promote global development and data to foster healthier neighborhoods. We’ve harnessed virtual reality to help stroke victims and developed a wearable device to help patients monitor heart health. Greater productivity will amplify our impact in many ways, allowing faculty to bring cutting-edge research to their classrooms, providing greater opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in research, and bringing additional resources to help us address the complex problems of today.


Rural Enrollments

By fall 2021, UNCG will enroll 5,436 rural students, a 9.4% increase over 2016 levels (469 additional rural students over a base of 4,967).

From UNC Greensboro: UNCG prides itself on being in the heart of the city of Greensboro, but we recognize that to serve all North Carolinians, we must extend our reach far beyond the city limits.  Our co-admission programs with community colleges will help us grow rural enrollment.  In addition, we are investing in other strategies for expanding access to rural students.  For example, 2018-19 is the inaugural year for the Moss Street Partnership School, located in Rockingham County.  Not only will this school bring state-of-the-art education to elementary school students, it will also allow us to talk early and often with students and families about the benefits of pursuing a college education and the steps needed to do so.  Together with our co-admission program with Rockingham Community College, students in the rural Rockingham County will have a clearer pathway to becoming Spartans in the future.

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