University of North Carolina Charlotte
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. An array of programs, including learning communities, Niner Central, the transfer center, and career services is in place to serve the diverse population that enrolls on our campus.
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: By 2022, UNC Charlotte will improve its five-year graduation rate from any accredited institution to 64.8 percent. This is an improvement over a base of 59.8 percent for UNC Charlotte’s 2010 cohort, which itself was a multi-year high.
By Fall 2018, UNC Charlotte will have seen a 10 percentage-point increase in five-year graduation rates from the campus over the last three to five years.
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 ranks second among the UNC System institutions and reflects the university’s commitment to the success of all students. Contributing to UNC Charlotte’s high undergraduate degree efficiency is the receptive environment for transfer students. UNC Charlotte receives the largest number of transfer students in the system.
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 uniquely positioned to address the critical workforce needs, in the state’s largest metropolitan region and with programs producing teachers for the K-12 sector, nurses and other health professionals for the health sector, engineers, computing professionals, and other scientists for the tech sector. UNC Charlotte is third among UNC System campuses 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. 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 institutions in the UNC System.
The System places special expectations on UNC Charlotte in enrolling NC Pell Grant recipients, with targets representing the largest numerical increases in the system, at which point the institution would 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: The majority of UNC Charlotte undergraduates arrive from the expanding Charlotte-Mecklenburg region, as well as other growing urban regions, but there are 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 among underrepresented minority students.
From UNC Charlotte: 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 has an array of programs available to all students, including those offered through the Office of Multicultural Academic Service.
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 there are 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.
The UNC System has requested that UNC Charlotte work to obtain the second-largest increase in rural enrollments by 2021, and among the largest percentages. These increases will occur through a commitment to success of all students.