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Student Success: Educate to Graduate

Call for Innovation

Propose projects to enhance student persistence, retention and degree completion through effective orientation, advising, supplemental instruction, and career development.


  • Our changed economy requires more workers with post-secondary education, and even more college graduates with post-baccalaureate credentials than in the past.
  • Oversight and performance expectations from national and state regulatory agencies are now focused on degree completion as a measure of quality.
  • As state funding diminishes and we increasingly depend on students’ willingness and ability to pay tuition, they are taking on more debt to earn a college degree.

Examples of Opportunities

  • Academic support—How might we develop effective models for supplementing academic instruction and building academic support into core pedagogy?
  • Integrated advising—How might we integrate advising on multiple aspects of a student’s educational journey at UNC (e.g., course selection, areas of academic focus, experiences beyond the classroom, planning for further study and/or career path)?
  • College transition—How might we support students’ transition from high school to college or their return to college with targeted bridge programs?
  • Mapping academic pathways—How might we use data-mining and analytics to help students make appropriate choices of major programs?


More resources can be found on the Resources page.

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Click here for a printable version of information on the four proposal areas.