We hope the academic year has started well for you. Today, we share an update on the
campus wide Strategic Enrollment and Student Success (SESS) efforts initiated last
spring. The SESS project collected information through interviews, document review
and meetings with the steering team while also utilizing recommendations from the
Task Force work last fall.
The SESS Plan has four key priorities:
- Strategically enroll a greater number of first-year students;
- Increase transfer enrollment;
- Develop an integrated network to support student success, and;
- Develop a proactive strategy for coaching students at the greatest risk of attrition.
Each priority has a dedicated Action Team who is responsible to review, research and
recommend solutions to address recruitment and retention initiatives. The collaborative
work of the SESS Action Teams are driven by specific measureable goals that include
strategically growing enrollment, improving first-year student retention, improving
the four-year and six-year graduation rates, and eliminating attainment gaps.
Each Action Team worked on specific objectives this summer, and we are proud to report
that we are making progress across each priority. Some of the "wins" from this summer
include a systematic review of holds that prevent students from registering for courses,
improved process to review transfer evaluations, implementation of personalized outreach
to admitted students to decrease summer melt, and a collaboration between SOAR, Monfort
College of Business, and the School of Nursing to proactively support newly enrolled
students with a high-school GPA below 3.0.
For the fall semester, each Action Team has identified initiatives to continue the
momentum from the summer. A few of the objectives are:
- Coordinate an integrated marketing and communications plan to achieve a unified approach
across admissions-related communications
- Enhance onboarding strategy to be a seamless experience for incoming students
- Create marketing & recruitment plan for high school students participating in dual
- Create a standing committee that is comprised of faculty, advisors, Student Affairs
units, Bear Central, Admissions, and Student Academic Success to learn from students
and identify their highest-priority needs that should be addressed by an integrated
- Evaluate and update degree planning and coaching pathways that will benefit all students.
The SESS Implementation Team has collaborated with Institutional Reporting and Analysis
Services to create a dashboard for all UNC stakeholders to monitor the progress of
the SESS efforts. Visualizations are available to view historical enrollment, retention
and graduation rates as well as review attainment gaps for first generation, underrepresented
minority and Pell-eligible students in each of the primary metrics associated with
the SESS work. Read more information on this and monitor SESS progress.
We will provide a SESS monthly update via UNC Today as well as email to division leadership for distribution throughout colleges, departments
and programs. If you have questions, email or call either Joan or Sean, and we would
be happy to visit with you or attend a department meeting.
Joan Clinefelter, SESS Plan Co-Chair and Professor of History
Sean Broghammer, SESS Plan Co-Chair and Interim Assistant Vice President for Strategic Enrollment