Category Archives: Board of Trustees Report

Board of Trustees Report – March 2016: Making Sense of Graduation Rates

During the UNC Board of Governors meeting at FSU on March 4, several individuals made reference to retention and graduation rates.  I thought it would be helpful to give our own Board of Trustees a more comprehensive explanation of retention and graduation rates. I have attached the presentation with my notes.  (It is probably more than you care to know.)

As a starting point, consider this analogy.  If you knew nothing whatsoever about golf and you overheard two people describing their most recent game.  One says he shot an 88 and the other says she shot a 79.  Who would you conclude had the better score?  It is a very weak analogy, I know. There are many differences between golf score and retention and graduation rates. But my point is that when retention and graduations rates are discussed apart from any context or with those who know little about how these rates are measured, the audience would probably be as confused about the meaning of these rates as the person overhearing the conversation about golf scores.

See the presentation here: AcademicAffairsUpdateWithNotesFinal

Board of Trustees Report – June 2016 – Student Success Efforts Overview

Academic Affairs Report to Board of Trustees_June2016

The attached presentation for the June 9 meeting of the Board of Trustees is a follow up to my report in March which explained the multiple ways that graduation rates are measured.  This report summarizes what we are doing to improve graduation rates; it describes these efforts in the context of our Institutional Partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  As a Gates institutional partner, we have made a commitment to increase the number of degrees awarded by one-third by 2022.  Of course, as we increase the number of degrees awarded, we must also make sure that our graduates are prepared for success in their professions, as citizens, and in their personal lives.  This presentation is hopelessly incomplete — we are doing so much more than identified in this presentation.  My goal was to give an overview and a framework for understanding and planning. I hope my notes will enhance your understanding of the slides.