UNC Faculty Assembly:  Meeting of Sept. 29 and Current Concerns

Submitted by Gary Jones, WCU delegate to FA



Below are selected highlights. For complete minutes, please see:



Selected Highlights of the UNC Faculty Assembly Meeting, Sept. 29

Accountability (Performance) Matrix

Retention and Graduation Rates

UNC Tuition Plan Proposal (example)

PACE;  Faculty Salaries;  Research

Distance Learning;  Other Issues Discussed 

UNC Freshman-to-Sophomore Retention Rates by Institution (16 Campuses)

UNC 6-Year Graduation Rates by Institution (16 Campuses)

Western Carolina University

Graduation Rates

    (WCU 4-year graduation rate [22.5%] has remained flat over the past 12 years)

Freshman Admission Percentages

    (WCU freshman admission percentages indicate greater selectivity over past 12 years)

 UNC Actual 6-Year Graduation Rate (& Peer Comparisons)

 National Retention and Graduation Data by Institutional Selectivity

 UNC 6-Year Graduation Rates by Campus (Fall 1998)

            Based on Number of Summer School Classes Taken



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Selected Highlights of the UNC Faculty Assembly Meeting, Sept. 29

Below are selected highlights. For complete minutes, please see:



accountability (performance) matrix

See Website for complete Accountability Matrix

12 Priorities:  Student Success; Outstanding Faculty;  More and Better [HS] teachers/Improved Schools;  Research;  Quality Academic Programs and Support Services;  Regional and State-wide Economic Development;  Adequate Facilities;  Health Care [for state citizens];  Information Technology;  Internationalization;  Partnerships with Community Colleges;  Private Fundraising



President Bowles is moving rapidly to implement, formalize, and standardize measures for these priorities.  Deadline for feedback to GA is Nov. 1. 

(Suggestion considering specific consideration of student ethics, ecological awareness, and civics.)


retention and graduation rates

See Selected Slides reproduced below

(from PowerPoint presentation by GA VP Harold Martin, available online)

GA has asked all 16 campuses to establish (higher) specific student retention and graduation rate objectives and implement/improve programs to achieve these objectives.


For complete slide presentation of Dr. Martin, please see:




unc tuition plan proposal









Faculty Assembly Response to GA Tuition Proposal (Chair Brenda Killingsworth):




President Bowles addressed the morning Faculty Assembly plenary session and assured delegates that the focus of PACE (President’s Advisory Committee on Efficiency and Effectiveness) and other cost saving measures was to redirect funds to academics so that our needs can be better met. 


faculty salaries

President Bowles reiterated that one of his goals was to raise faculty compensation to 80% of peer institutions (as reported by AAUP) in two years.



To single out just one of the 12 priorities of the Accountability Matrix, it was noted that it is very important for the individual campus Faculty Senates to be involved with respective administrations in establishing the importance of research relative to teaching, the definition of research, and the measurement of faculty research.  Related to this point—and in the wider context—President Bowles and Vice President Martin reiterated their strong commitment to the principle of shared faculty governance.


distance learning

There is a UNC system-level effort to identify and efficiently track all UNC online course offerings and to present a more unified Web interface for all of these offerings to both the citizens of this state and the larger body of potential enrollees. 



other issues discussed (please see website for complete meeting minutes)

Textbook costs;  expansion of summer academic programs; need-based student financial aid;  distance education;  affordability (considering the tuition plan);  the 12 priorities of the Accountability Matrix (above);  measuring faculty research beyond just dollars and grants. 










One-Year Freshman-to-Sophomore Retention Rates by Institution: Fall 1998 – Fall 2004 Cohorts

























Six-Year Graduation Rates by Institution
Fall 1996 – Fall 1999 Cohorts

























* 1997-1998 Cohorts, CSRDE, May 2005
















Graduation Rates

(Ray Barclay, WCU Office of Institutional Research and Planning)







Percent of Applicants Accepted

















Actual 6-Year Graduation Rate (2003)
Average Graduation Rate for 2006 Campus Peers





8.      Average 6-Yr Graduation Rate of each campus' 2006 public peer group 

(Note: Some peers did not have 1997 cohort and were not included in calculation.

Public competitive peers included.)
















National Retention and Graduation Data


Retention rates vary by institutional selectivity
(and Carnegie classification) 


Source: Postsecondary Education OPPORTUNITY,  August 2003, p. 4








































6-Year Graduation Rates by Campus - Fall 1998 Freshman Cohort

Based on Number of Summer School Classes Taken





SOURCE of PPt Slides:

The University of North Carolina General Administration

UNC-GA Academic Affairs/ARM-wmd/08-18-2006