Office of Assessment and Accreditation
Office of Assessment and Accreditation

Student Achievement

UNC Greensboro uses a number of measures to evaluate student achievement. The University tracks goals related to student success, impact, and institutional excellence and diversity among other things. Central to those are student persistence, completion, and graduation. As part the UNC System’s Higher Expectations project, UNC Greensboro has identified student success for low income and rural students as core initiatives. Additionally, student achievement on some normed exams speak to the achievement of our students as they enter their professions, with two of the most significant for the UNCG mission being the Nursing and Education outcomes. All of these measures – persistence, completion, graduation, and normed exam results – are presented as evidence of the University’s commitment to student achievement.


Six-Year Graduation Rates

UNC Greensboro uses the IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) report for graduation data for full-time, first-time degree-seeking undergraduates who complete their degrees within six years and compares them to the peer institutions. According to the U.S. Department of Education IPEDS Graduation Rate definition publication, “IPEDS graduation rates (GR) are reflective of. full-time, first-time, degree-/certificate-seeking students who started and finished at the same institution. Students included in graduation rates do not represent all of the students at an institution (e.g., GR excludes part-time and transfer students).”

Baseline: 53.9% based on the 2010 cohort
Minimal Target: sustain baseline of 53.9%
Target: 58.7% for the 2015 cohort


IPEDS Six-Year Graduation Rates

   2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Cohort 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Minimal Target ----- 53.9% 53.9% 53.9% 53.9% 53.9%
Target ----- 54.2% 55.28% 56.38% 57.75% 58.65%
Achieved 53.9% 54.3% 53.5% 58.6% ----- -----
Peer Rates 50.1% 50.5% 52.7% 54.5


Graduation Rates by Gender

UNC Greensboro understands the importance of tracking incoming full-time freshmen by various demographics. Of particular focus for the institution is the graduation rates for both males and females. UNCG has a strong history of graduating females who enroll as first-time, full-time freshmen, and wants to maintain that. However, the University sees a significant difference in their male counterparts to graduate.

To align with the overall increase in graduation rates and to reflect the trend in recent data, UNCG is targeting at minimum a 2% annual increase in graduation rates by male students.


Baseline: 53.9% based on the 2010 cohort
Minimal Target: 2.0% increase in male graduation rates each year
Target: Parity in graduation rates between males and females


IPEDS 6-Year Graduation
Rate by Gender
UNCG Peers Target
2010 cohort 53.9 51.2
Men 46.9 45.8
Women 57.0 53.6
2011 cohort 54.2 52.2
Men 47.2 46.0 47.83
Women 57.7 54.2
2012 cohort 53.5 53.0
Men 49.0 48.3 48.78
Women 55.9 56.2
2013 cohort 59.0 50.0
Men 54.6 50.4 49.8
Women 60.5 57.9
2014 cohort
Men 50.75
Women
2015 cohort
Men 51.77
Women



First Year Cohort Persistence and Graduation Rates

First Year Cohort Persistence

The target set internally for first year to second year persistence, which follows the U.S. Department of Education definition for retention, is to increase persistence incrementally in ways commensurate with the institution’s five-year graduation-rate targets. This approach was set with implementation of the University’s Strategic Plan in 2017. In practice, this means an improvement of 1.6%-2.0% each year until the 2021-2022 academic year, when first-year retention should be 84%.

Baseline: 75.6% based on the 2010 first-time, full-time cohort
Minimal Target: 84% for the 2021-2020 cohort


One Year Persistence Rates
Incoming Full-Time Freshmen
1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year 5th Year
2010 2515 75.6 65.2 60.3 58.4 56.0
2011 2433 75.8 64.6 60.1 57.6 57.0
2012 2516 73.6 66.1 61.5 58.8 57.6
2013 2482 78.1 68.8 65.1 61.9 56.9
2014 2593 77.0 69.1 64.3 62.19 60.53
2015 2773 76.2 67.5 64.0 61.8
2016 2850 77.4 68.8 63.9

2017 2791 76.3 67.12

2018 2978 75.22



Five-Year Graduation Rates

The baseline five-year graduation rate, which is the number of first-time, fulltime, degree-seeking undergraduates who began at UNCG and subsequently received a baccalaureate degree from any accredited institution of higher education, was set in 2015 at 56.7% based on the 2010 cohort. Improvement targets above this baseline were set in collaboration with the UNC System. These numbers can be higher than UNCG’s six-year graduation rates because they include students who started at UNCG but completed degrees elsewhere.

In the goal-setting process, an increase of approximately 1.5% per year in 5-year graduation rates was determined to be reasonable, given that the University had established a pattern of that level of increase in the previous two years. The 2021-2022 graduation-rate target was thus set based on a 1.5% annual increase over 2016-2017 graduation numbers.


Baseline: 56.77% based on the 2010 cohort
Minimal Target: 62.4% for the 2021-2022 cohort


Cohort Five-Year Graduation Rate
Actual Goal
2014-2015 (2010 cohort) 56.73%*
2015-2016 (2011 cohort) 56.18%
2016-2017 (2012 cohort) 56.88%
2017-2018 (2013 cohort) 62.30% 57.56%
2018-2019 (2014 cohort) 60.2% 58.7%
2019-2020 (2015 cohort) 59.84%
2020-2021 (2016 cohort) 61.10%
2021-2022 (2017 cohort) 62.40%


Low Income Enrollment and Completion
UNCG monitors the success of students and progress toward the mission statement using a set of key performance indicators (KPIs) that were created as part of the University of North Carolina System’s Strategic Plan - Higher Expectations initiative, made official in 2016 using the 2015 numbers as baseline figures. Low-income Enrollment is “The number of in-state, degree seeking undergraduates in the fall enrollment snapshot (i.e., SDM Census Snapshot) who received a federal Pell Grant (any amount over the course of the academic year), and a student’s low-income status can change from year to year.” “Low-income completion” is defined as “The number of in-state undergraduates who both: (1) received a baccalaureate degree in the current academic year (Summer II, Fall, Spring, Summer I); and (2) received a federal Pell Grant within the last 5 years (either the current academic year or any one of the preceding 4 academic years) at the institution receiving credit for the completion. These definitions can be found in the UNC System Definitions of populations document.

Baseline: 7089 students enrolled in Fall 2015 in this population
Minimal Target: 15.1% increase to 8161 enrolled by Fall 2021


Low Income Enrollment
Goal Actual % from
Baseline
Fall 2015 - 7089* -
Fall 2016 - 7386 4.19%
Fall 2017 7250 7700 8.62%
Fall 2018 7464 7920** 11.7%
Fall 2019 7679
Fall 2020 7920
Fall 2021 8161
*baseline
**draft data from the UNC System, to be finalized in spring 2020


Completions increased by 7% from 2015-2016 to 2016-2017. With that baseline increase known, a modest and achievable goal of increasing by approximately 6% was put in place starting in 2018-2019 and each year after that. As noted above, UNC Greensboro’s campus is an environment that supports Pell-eligible students through its programs and support services, and therefore the institution believes this target to be a reasonable and achievable outcome.

Baseline: 1596 students completing in 2015-2016 in this population
Minimal Target: 32.5% increase to 2115 by 2021-2022


Low Income Completion
Goal Actual % from
Baseline
2015-2016 - 1596* -
2016-2017 - 1704 7.0%
2017-2018 1674 1776 11.5%
2018-2019 1778 1841
2019-2020 1881
2020-2021 1998
2021-2022 2115
*baseline
**draft data from the UNC System, to be finalized in spring 2020



Rural Enrollments and Completions
Another important KPI identified for UNCG is rural enrollments and completions. “Rural” refers to those students residing in Tier 1 or Tier 2 counties (according to 2016 North Carolina County Tier designations) within the last 5 years. Enrollment is the number of in-state, degree seeking undergraduates in the fall enrollment snapshot (i.e., SDM Census Snapshot) who reside (county of residence) in a Tier 1 or Tier 2 county. Note that a student’s rural status can change from year to year. “Rural completions” is the number of in-state undergraduates who both: (1) received a baccalaureate degree in the current academic year (Summer II, Fall, Spring, Summer I); and (2) resided in a Tier 1 or Tier 2 county within the last 5 years (either the current academic year or any one of the preceding 4 academic years).

The goal was set for rural student enrollment, as dictated by the system, to increase 9.4% by 2021 and rural completions to increase by 12.9% by 2021-2022. Rural completions have already exceeded the goal of 1167 with a total of 1193 at the end of 2017-2018 school year.



Baseline: 4968 students enrolling in this population in Fall 2016
Minimal Target: 9.4% increase to 5436 by Fall 2021


Rural Student
Enrollment
Goal Actual % from
Baseline
Fall 2016 - 4968* -
Fall 2017 - 4911 -1.15%
Fall 2018 - 5025 1.15%
Fall 2019 - 4961
Fall 2020 -
Fall 2021 5436
*baseline


Baseline: 1032 students completing in this population in 2015-2016
Minimal Target: : 12.9% increase to 1167 by 2021-2022


Rural Student
Completions
Goal Actual % from
Baseline
2015-2016 - 1032* -
2016-2017 - 1128 9.1%
2017-2018 1054 1193 15.4%
2018-2019 1081 1158** 12.0%
2019-2020 1107
2020-2021 1137
2021-2022 1167
*baseline
**draft data from the UNC System, to be finalized in spring 2020


Normed Exams

School of Nursing
The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) is a national examination for the licensing of nurses. Prior to 2016 the acceptable pass rate as established in the school of Nursing’s Systematic Evaluation Plan was 90%. In 2016 a new evaluation plan was established by the School of Nursing, using that year’s 88% pass rate as the baseline, with a goal of 95% by 2022. This goal has already been surpassed with a passing rate of 97% in 2017 and 96% in 2018, both above the national and state average passing rate, with just a slight dip below the target in 2019.

Baseline: 88% based on the 2016 cohort
Minimal Target: 95% of cohort passes on the first attempt by 2022


  Nursing First-time NCLEX pass rates

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
UNCG 89% 95% 85% 95% 97% 92% 87% 89% 88% 97% 96% 94%
US 89% 84% 83% 84% 94% 79% 84% 87% 88% 90% 92%
NC 87% 88% 87% 88% 92% 83% 85% 89% 90% 93% 95%



School of Education
The Initial Licensure Summary Pass Rate is the normed test measure that UNC Greensboro uses to assess its teacher education program student achievement. The University’s goal is to meet or exceed the state average pass rate, which varies from year to year. Since that state rate is presented post-hoc, the University also seeks to improve rates from the previous year. The Statewide Pass Rate is presented with the institution’s results in the following table.

Baseline: 81.7% based on the 2015-16 cohort
Minimal Target: Meet or exceed the state average pass rate


Initial Licensure Summary Pass Rates, Traditional and Alternative Students
UNC Greensboro Statewide
Year
Completed
Number
Taking
Assessment
Number
Passing
Assessment
Institutional
Pass Rate
Number
Taking
Assessment
Number
Passing
Assessment
Statewide
Pass Rate
2015-2016 175 143 81.7% 2664 2250 84.5%
2016-2017 183 145 79.2% 2701 2043 75.6%
2017-2018 126 91 72.2% 2364 1789 75.7%