North Carolina A&T State University

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, North Carolina A&T has identified these contributions that N.C. A&T aspires to make to the UNC Strategic Plan over the next five years.

 

 

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Low-income Completions

By 2021-22, N.C. A&T will produce 1,186 low-income graduates, an increase of 31.8% (286 additional low-income completions over a base of 900).

From N.C. A&T State University: North Carolina A&T is among the most successful universities in America in terms of generating social mobility – enrolling students from modest backgrounds, graduating them, and setting them on career paths that have the potential to change the courses of their lives. According to the 2017 Chetty Study of economic diversity and student outcomes, 29 percent of N.C. A&T students moved up two or more income quintiles following graduation. Institutional data also show that two-thirds of N.C. A&T students are the first in their families to pursue a university education, and three-quarters receive some form of financial aid. Since 2011, the number of annual low-income completions has increased by about 175 students. N.C. A&T’s depth of experience in enrolling low-income students and supporting their matriculation through rigorous, nationally respected academic programs has given the university a base of knowledge and experience in this area that prepares N.C. A&T to enroll and graduate additional low-income students in the semesters and academic years ahead.

 

Five-year Graduation Rates

By 2022, N.C. A&T will improve its five-year graduation rate from any accredited institution to 45.8%. This is an improvement over a base of 39.8% for N.C. A&T’s 2010 cohort.

From N.C. A&T State University: With the 2011 creation of the university’s strategic plan, A&T Preeminence 2020: Embracing Our Past, Creating Our Future, North Carolina A&T committed itself to improving four- and six-year graduation rates. A heightened emphasis on academic advising, tutoring, mentoring, supplemental instruction, and structured learning assistance programs within N.C. A&T colleges and through the Center for Academic Excellence have facilitated modest growth, as well as provided insight on strategies and tactics that deliver the greatest impact. Going forward with an additional emphasis on five-year rates, the university has revamped and relaunched an early alert system to track performance among first-year students and special student populations, for whom early assistance might make a significant difference in their success. N.C. A&T has also implemented an “e-portfolio” assignment that helps first-year students better understand their university pathway and what they need to do to achieve their educational and personal goals.

 

Undergraduate Degree Efficiency

By 2021-22, N.C. A&T will improve its undergraduate degree efficiency to 18.8 over a base of 16.9.

From N.C. A&T State University: Over the past several years, curriculum guides have been standardized across N.C. A&T undergraduate degree programs at 120 hours, streamlining many programs by taking out non-essential coursework. This effort has not only enhanced degree efficiency but also has helped reduce student debt, keeping college affordable, and helping students complete their degrees more quickly. N.C. A&T recognizes the power of strong academic advising in achieving greater degree efficiency and has organized ten workshops per year to help advisors improve. These workshops place a special emphasis on preliminary degree audits, which provide insight into challenges that individual students may be facing. The university is also recognizing outstanding performance with “Excellence in Advising” awards presented each year to top professional and faculty advisors. Finally, the university plans to implement new software that allows students to conduct their own degree audits and “what-if” analyses to help them understand if they are on track toward timely graduation and what would be required if they change majors.

 

Critical Workforces

By 2021-22, N.C. A&T will produce 892 critical workforce credentials, an increase of 14.1% (110 additional critical workforce credentials over a base of 782).

From N.C. A&T State University: A recognized national leader in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and in teacher preparation, N.C. A&T brings considerable experience to bear in producing critical workforce credentials. With a mission emphasizing STEM preeminence and a top five national ranking in conferring undergraduate STEM degrees to African Americans, the university continues to develop and expand undergraduate and graduate degree programs in these areas; N.C. A&T introduced seven one-year engineering M.S. programs and six new Ph.D. concentrations in applied science and technology in the 2017-18 school year alone. The robust doctoral program in rehabilitation counseling fulfills a critical human-services need. Enrollments in undergraduate teacher education and nursing degree programs are surging upward as well, all preparing N.C. A&T to meet this critical workforce goal and to have an even greater impact in North Carolina in the near and long-term..

 

Research Productivity

By 2021-22, N.C. A&T will receive $70,051,550 in research and development sponsored program awards and licensing income, an increase of 18.2% ($10,800,000 additional over a base of $59,251,550).

From N.C. A&T State University: North Carolina A&T is this state’s third most productive public research university. In the 2017 fiscal year, the university’s growth in research contracts and grants represented a substantial increase over N.C. A&T’s 2015-16 baseline, demonstrating N.C. A&T’s strong commitment to its research mission. One factor expected to contribute significantly to the university’s continued growth in this area is the Faculty and Staff of the Future Initiative, which strengthens N.C. A&T’s support of its doctoral, higher-research mission by placing a premium on attracting new faculty from research institutions. As part of that initiative, the university hired 22 new tenure track faculty in 2016, many from the Carnegie Foundation’s highest rated research universities. Faculty and Staff of the Future brings faculty and graduate students together in laboratories and projects across the university, as well as in N.C. A&T’s 17 research centers and institutes. Its presence can be felt in five collaborative centers and in the joint participation taking place in two project centers.

 

 

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Low-income Enrollments

By fall 2021, N.C. A&T will enroll 5,048 low-income students, a 6.8% increase over 2015 levels (321 additional low-income students over a base of 4,727).

From N.C. A&T State University: N.C. A&T’s abiding commitment to serving low-income students has been strengthened in recent years through new private financial support. Since 2012, the university has raised $27.5 million in private gifts to expand the number of endowed scholarships offered at N.C. A&T to 338 students – an increase of 131. The majority of those scholarships are open to students with financial need. In addition, two-thirds of N.C. A&T students receive Pell Grants, the largest federal aid program for undergraduate students with financial need. Those students fare particularly well at N.C. A&T, which outperforms peers and exceeds the national average in graduation rates among students with Pell Grants.

 

Rural Enrollments

By fall 2021, N.C. A&T will enroll 2,422 rural students, a 6.8% increase over 2016 levels (154 additional rural students over a base of 2,268).

From N.C. A&T State University: As a public, land grant, doctoral higher-research university, North Carolina A&T has a historic and abiding commitment to providing educational opportunity to those least likely to be served by colleges and universities, including students from rural areas. That commitment lives on today through a student population that includes representation from all but two of North Carolina’s 80 Tier I and Tier II counties. To ensure the success of those students, N.C. A&T provides mentoring programs, robust academic advising, and campus programming throughout the year to engage rural students and make them feel a part of the overall student body. As the university continues its growth toward its strategic goal of enrolling 13,500 students and producing 2,700 graduates each year by 2020, it is also pursuing its overall commitment to students from rural communities.

 

Rural Completions

By 2021-22, N.C. A&T will produce 537 rural graduates, an increase of 27.0% (114 additional rural completions over a base of 423).

From N.C. A&T State University: As a public, land grant, doctoral higher-research university, North Carolina A&T has a historic and abiding commitment to providing educational opportunity to those least likely to be served by colleges and universities, including students from rural areas. That commitment lives on today through a student population that includes representation from all but two of North Carolina’s 80 Tier I and Tier II counties. To ensure the success of those students, N.C. A&T provides mentoring programs, robust academic advising, and campus programming throughout the year to engage rural students and make them feel a part of the overall student body. As the university continues its growth toward its strategic goal of enrolling 13,500 students and producing 2,700 graduates each year by 2020, it is also pursuing its overall commitment to students from rural communities.

 

 

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Achievement Gaps in Undergraduate Degree Efficiency

By 2021-22, N.C. A&T will reduce by 50% the achievement gap in undergraduate degree efficiency between male and female students (increasing the degree efficiency of male students from 15.6 to 16.7).

From N.C. A&T State University: N.C. A&T is mobilizing across the university to increase degree efficiency and success for male students. Launched in 2017, the Male Student Success Initiative developed an inventory of programs for men, gathered research on what best supports male student success, and created an implementation plan for new initiatives in the 2018-19 school year. Also launched in Fall of 2017, the Aggie Prep program pairs male faculty, administrators, and staff with male undergrads facing academic challenges. It will be expanded in the Fall 2018 through an $86,500 grant from the UNC System and combined with matching funds from the university. Finally, the Project MARCH Living Learning Community will grow significantly in Fall 2018, increasing its reach beyond the 130 first-year minority male and first-generation students it has served over the past several years. Project MARCH was the focus of a successful advising initiative in 2016-17, which reduced the number of students placed on academic warning or probation.

 

 

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