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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

UNCP’s retention rate showed improvement in 2007

Year-to-year retention of freshmen at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke improved in the latest report, Jackie Clark, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, told the Board of Trustees during their meeting on February 28.

Retention of UNCP’s newest students improved to 71.5 percent from fall 2006 to fall 2007 from 67.5 percent the year before, Clark reported.

“We’re really pleased about this report,” she said. “Credit goes to the outstanding people at the Center for Academic Excellence and Chancellor (Allen C.) Meadors for investing in these programs.”

Chancellor Meadors said the increase in retention was the 4th best in the UNC system, but urged caution.

“No one in the system is doing more things than we are to increase retention,” he said. “Our history has been every year that we are up is followed by a decline the next year.”

Trustee Roger Oxendine asked if admissions requirements have been raised at UNCP after the UNC Board of Governors raised minimum all admission standards for fall 2008.

“No,” Clark said. “In media reports, we were included in a group of universities that made it seem like we had admission standards below 700 on the SAT and a 2.0 GPA (grade point average).

“As long as I have been here, our SAT requirement has been 820 and our GPA 2.0,” Clark said. “We will not be affected (by rising admission standards) until 2011.”

All UNC schools will phase in higher admission standards. In 2011, admitted freshmen will need SAT scores of 800 and a GPA of 2.5.

Even then, the effect on UNCP will be minimal, according to a UNC report that noted only 18 current students at UNCP did not meet the 2011 standard.

NURSING SCORES

Chancellor Meadors reported that the University graduated its first class of 37 students with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in May 2007, and 35 passed their examinations (NCLEX) to become nurses.

“We may not have had the best passing rate the first time they took the test, but the bottom line is 35 of 37 students passed, and that’s outstanding,” he said. “This is a brand new nursing program, and new programs are going to struggle for three years.

“Thirteen of our new faculty are practioners – skilled nursing professionals – who are teaching for the first time,” Chancellor Meadors continued. “They are learning to teach for the first time in their careers. It will take some time.”

SPRING ENROLLMENT

Chancellor Meadors reported spring enrollment of 5,614, the highest in University history. The previous mark was 5,390 set in spring 2007.

“We were one of two UNC universities to increase enrollment and SAT scores for new students,” Chancellor Meadors said. “You can grow enrollment and increase the quality of your student body at the same time.”

A record 232 transfer students enrolled during the spring semester. Total enrollment is up 102.8 percent since 1999.
           
OTHER

  • The Board of Trustees were told that UNCP’s new $29 million health professions building will break ground in November.
  • UNCP fundraisers have taken in nearly $20 million in the first decade of the 21st century compared with $4.5 million in the 1990s. In the past three years, the Office for Advancement raised nearly $14.5 million.

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