University of North Carolina Pembroke
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 Pembroke has identified these contributions that University of North Carolina at Pembroke aspires to make to the UNC Strategic Plan over the next five years.
By 2021-22, UNCP will produce 841 low-income graduates, an increase of 33.1% (209 additional low-income completions over a base of 632).
From UNC Pembroke: For 131 years, UNC Pembroke has been an institution of access and affordability. Founded in 1887 to train American Indian teachers, UNC Pembroke proudly serves a distinctly diverse student population. Located in rural southeastern North Carolina, more than 80 percent of UNC Pembroke students receive financial aid or need-based assistance. As an NC Promise campus, UNC Pembroke will continue to be an economic driver for the region by providing access to a high-quality, affordable education. By lowering in-state tuition to $500 per semester, NC Promise will remove the financial barrier to degree completion for many low-income students. In addition, UNC Pembroke is committed to ensuring the success of low-income and first-generation students, many of whom benefit from the supportive programming offered through the Center for Student Success.
By 2021-22, UNCP will produce 944 rural graduates, an increase of 17.4% (140 additional rural completions over a base of 804).
From UNC Pembroke: Located in the heart of Robeson County, UNC Pembroke’s nine-county footprint is largely rural, with an economy primarily dependent on agriculture and agri-business. More than 60 percent of the student population at UNC Pembroke comes from the university’s service region. With programming such as nursing, mental health, counseling, education and business, UNCP will remain committed to serving southeastern North Carolina and to providing a campus atmosphere that embraces rural students to ensure their future success. Students at UNCP often find that the small class sizes and personal attention they receive from faculty and staff create an atmosphere that enhances their academic journey and supports their campus experience. To ensure appropriate progression and retention, the university recently implemented EAB-SCC-Campus advising software, so that predictive risk factors for students, including rural students, can be monitored. This makes early intervention possible, if necessary.
Five-year Graduation Rates
By 2022, UNCP will improve its five-year graduation rate from any accredited institution to 46.5%. This is an improvement over a base of 40.4% for UNCP’s 2010 cohort.
From UNC Pembroke: In recent years, UNC Pembroke has focused its operational objectives, or BraveBook, on maximizing student success. BraveBook projects annually are centered around initiatives that will contribute to the success of our students, ultimately leading to improvements in graduation rates. Since 2012, UNC Pembroke has improved its five-year graduation rates by more than 29 percent, from 34.2 percent to 44.3 percent. The establishment of the Center for Student Success--with programs like Emerging Scholars Program, the writing center, tutoring, and peer mentoring--contributes to the effective retention, progression, and completion of UNC Pembroke students. Innovative solutions and the implementation of technology systems will help UNC Pembroke identify challenges that students face early and remove obstacles before they become barriers to students’ success. In 2018, UNC Pembroke will establish a University College that will coordinate all retention and progression efforts geared toward freshman and transfer students. University College will focus on making the transition to college as smooth as possible for all incoming students.
Achievement Gaps in Undergraduate Degree Efficiency
By 2021-22, UNCP will reduce by 50% the achievement gap in undergraduate degree efficiency between male and female students.
From UNC Pembroke: UNC Pembroke seeks to reduce the achievement gap in undergraduate degree efficiency among male students significantly over the coming years. The strengthening of support systems on campus along with measuring the performance metrics—such as early and mid-term grades, credit hour progression, and performance in specific gateway courses—among the target group will enable the university to make progress in this critical area. Consistent with national trends, some 38 percent of UNC Pembroke’s student population is male. Historically, this population has not been retained as consistently as their female counterparts, with many male students transferring or leaving school altogether. The Center for Student Success and Division of Student Affairs, along with individual academic programs and departments, will work collectively to ensure that this population progresses and is retained at a rate that puts them on a trajectory for timely degree completion.
By 2021-22, UNCP will produce 499 critical workforce credentials, an increase of 29.6% (114 additional critical workforce credentials over a base of 385).
From UNC Pembroke: UNC Pembroke seeks to strengthen its position as the anchor economic institution in southeastern North Carolina, by focusing on the creation of a qualified, well-trained workforce in several key fields, including health sciences, STEM, and K-12 education. In 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly requested a study on the feasibility of the establishment of a College of Health Sciences at UNC Pembroke. The study outlines potential health science programs to be strengthened and established, which could significantly impact progress toward the goal. Another critical workforce, K-12 education, is at the core of UNC Pembroke’s historic mission. Founded as a normal college to train American Indian teachers, UNCP remains committed to this founding vision, producing well-trained educators through the School of Education. Innovative partnership programs in the College of Arts and Sciences like the 3+2 engineering program and pathways to veterinary school and medical school will ensure more graduates in STEM fields.
By fall 2021, UNCP will enroll 3,458 low-income students, a 11.2% increase over 2015 levels (349 additional low-income students over a base of 3,109).
From UNC Pembroke: UNC Pembroke serves a distinctly rural, low-income, and diverse student population. More than 80 percent of UNC Pembroke students receive financial aid or need-based assistance. As an institution of access and affordability, UNC Pembroke remains committed to serving low-income students, many of whom may be first-generation students. By lowering in-state tuition to $500 per semester, the NC Promise Tuition Plan will attract a higher number of students for whom the financial barriers to higher education may have been too great. Because of NC Promise, UNC Pembroke is seeing an increase in interest from students throughout North Carolina and beyond. As a result, it is expected that low-income enrollment at UNC Pembroke will grow over the coming years.
By fall 2021, UNCP will enroll 4,516 rural students, a 8.6% increase over 2016 levels (359 additional rural students over a base of 4,157).
From UNC Pembroke: UNC Pembroke is located in the predominantly rural southeastern North Carolina and serves a distinctly rural student population—with the majority of students hailing from the primary service region. UNCP offers an educational environment where all students are embraced and supported throughout their academic journey—an environment appealing to many rural students. Because of the NC Promise Tuition Plan, UNC Pembroke is seeing an increase in interest from students throughout the region and beyond. By lowering in-state tuition to $500 per semester, NC Promise will attract a higher number of rural students for whom the financial barriers to higher education may have otherwise been too great. As a result, it is expected that rural enrollment at UNC Pembroke will grow over the coming years.
Undergraduate Degree Efficiency
By 2021-22, UNCP will improve its undergraduate degree efficiency to 19.2 over a base of 18.1.
From UNC Pembroke: Over the coming years, UNC Pembroke will set out to improve its undergraduate degree efficiency by strategically focusing on initiatives that address the progression, retention, and completion of students. A number of initiatives have already taken place that will yield a tremendous benefit to the success of this metric. For example, during the 2017-18 academic year, the university restructured advising and tutoring services to ensure optimal delivery. Also, in this same academic year, a $266,850 grant was awarded to UNC Pembroke for additional student success coaches and to provide supplemental math and English composition instruction. By deploying EAB’s SCC-Campus software and implementing a HawkAlert system, the university has improved advising practice and the prediction of student success, thereby ensuring the possibility of early intervention. Moving into the 2018-19 academic year, UNC Pembroke will establish a University College that will coordinate all retention and progression efforts geared toward freshman and transfer students. University College will focus on making the transition to college as smooth as possible for all incoming students.
By 2021-22, UNCP will receive $4,241,519 in research and development sponsored program awards and licensing income, an increase of 10.2% ($392,591 additional over a base of $3,848,928).
From UNC Pembroke: Through participation in research, UNC Pembroke’s faculty, students, and staff embrace engaged scholarship as a means to further the institution’s mission to “enhance the intellectual, cultural, economic and social life of the region.” World-class researcher and UNC Board of Governors’ 2017 O. Max Gardner Award winner, Dr. Ben Bahr, continues ground-breaking research on neurobiology and Alzheimer’s disease. Additional major research projects being conducted at the Biotechnology Center are in areas of applied microbiology, nematology, fermentation, honey bees, and molecular biology. Biofuels and medical tourism are other areas of research conducted at the university. Undergraduate and graduate students at UNCP are encouraged to participate in research alongside professors through programs like PURC and RISE. The university will continue to support these efforts and seek to encourage growth opportunities whenever possible.