UNC Task Force Committees
In fall 2018, over 170 members of the campus community served on three task forces: Academic Portfolio, Student Affairs, and Student Success.
This website provides information about the task forces and their work over the course of the semester. Final reports include recommendations for specific strategies the university could implement to improve student outcomes, reduce equity gaps, realign student affairs functions to better serve students, and strengthen, expand, or phase out programs and services. The reports and campus feedback will be reviewed by the President’s Leadership Council, who will make recommendations to the president. His decisions will guide implementation strategies to commence in spring 2019.
Over 350 members of the campus community attended the UNC Task Force Open Forum on January 8, 2019. Those who attended had the opportunity to learn more about the task force recommendations and provide additional feedback.
UNC Task Force Guidelines
The guidelines define the guiding principles and expectations for all three task forces. They emphasize a commitment to first generation and underrepresented students, career readiness, alignment with institutional learning outcomes, transparency, and accountability.
What do we mean by Career Readiness?
The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), through studies and focus groups with employers and civic leaders, has identified what today’s college students must learn in order to be successful in a rapidly changing world. The skills and knowledge needed today go beyond narrow vocational training and include a focus on “liberal education as the portal to economic opportunity” (AAC&U, 2007). Employers and civic leaders consistently site critical thinking, complex problem solving, written and oral communication, intercultural skills, and the ability to apply knowledge in real-world settings as among the most valuable skills they look for in college graduates.
UNC's Institutional Learning Outcomes
UNC’s Institutional Learning Outcomes reflect the learning outcomes recommended by the AAC&U and other national higher education organizations such as the National Association of Colleges and Employers by focusing on broad skills, applied experiences, and content-specific knowledge students need to attain their personal and professional goals.
Mastering foundational skills
- Describe how knowledge is discovered in various fields of study.
- Apply critical thinking to analyze, integrate, and evaluate information.
- Apply ethical principles to evaluate and make decisions.
- Make informed decisions using numeric and scientific information.
- Express ideas through multiple media and modes of communication.
Strengethening Interactions with others
- Develop the capacity to understand and interact effectively with others whose identities, beliefs, behaviors, and values differ from their own.
- Demonstrate teamwork skills that enable collaboration.
- Develop and sustain mutually beneficial relationships.
- Demonstrate the capacity to engage in civic, social, and political responsibilities.
Connecting Ideas and Experiences
- Apply multidisciplinary perspectives to gain new insights into issues and concepts.
- Describe issues from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, geographic, and global perspectives.
- Evaluate the social, economic, political, and environmental consequences of individual and group actions.
- Connect experiences in and out of the classroom.
Developing Professional Competence
- Use the tools, terminology, and methods related to their program of study.
- Apply the standards and practices of their major or program of study.
Engaging in Healthy Behaviors
- Describe factors that impact the health and wellness of individuals and their communities.
- Reflect critically on their own personal growth.
- Demonstrate practices that promote health and well-being.
Student Affairs Task Force
The Student Affairs Task Force is chaired by Katrina Rodriguez, Vice President for Campus Community and Climate. The purpose of the Student Affairs Task Force is to consider and recommend the vision, mission, values, and organizational structure for a new student affairs division best suited to serve UNC students in the 21st century. The Student Affairs Task Force has six committees.
- Student Affairs Task Force Charge
- Student Affairs Task Force Members
- Student Affairs Action Team Description
- Student Affairs Interim Report 1
- Student Affairs Interim Report 2
Student Success Task Force
The Student Success Task Force is chaired by Corey Pierce, Associate Dean, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, and Stephanie Torrez, Assistant Vice President for Student Success. The task force is charged with considering UNC’s current student success system and identifying and recommending strategies and actions for improved persistence and graduation rates. The Student Success Task Force has five committees.
- Student Success Task Force Charge
- Student Success Task Force Membership Roster
- Student Success Task Force Action Teams
- Student Success Interim Report 1
- Student Success Interim Report 2