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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.

Conversation Bubbles

Open Forum 

 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.

All Task Force Guidelines

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

  1. Describe how knowledge is discovered in various fields of study.
  2. Apply critical thinking to analyze, integrate, and evaluate information.
  3. Apply ethical principles to evaluate and make decisions.
  4. Make informed decisions using numeric and scientific information.
  5. Express ideas through multiple media and modes of communication.



Strengethening Interactions with others

  1. Develop the capacity to understand and interact effectively with others whose identities, beliefs, behaviors, and values differ from their own.
  2. Demonstrate teamwork skills that enable collaboration.
  3. Develop and sustain mutually beneficial relationships.
  4. Demonstrate the capacity to engage in civic, social, and political responsibilities.



Connecting Ideas and Experiences

  1. Apply multidisciplinary perspectives to gain new insights into issues and concepts.
  2. Describe issues from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, geographic, and global perspectives.
  3. Evaluate the social, economic, political, and environmental consequences of individual and group actions.
  4. Connect experiences in and out of the classroom.



Developing Professional Competence

  1. Use the tools, terminology, and methods related to their program of study.
  2. Apply the standards and practices of their major or program of study.



Engaging in Healthy Behaviors

  1. Describe factors that impact the health and wellness of individuals and their communities.
  2. Reflect critically on their own personal growth.
  3. Demonstrate practices that promote health and well-being.

Academic Portfolio Task Force

The Academic Portfolio Task Force is chaired by Provost Mark Anderson.  It is comprised of seven committees. 

  • Undergraduate Program Discontinuance or Restructuring

    Chaired by Burkhard Englert and Nancy Sileo – Charged with making recommendations related to what academic programs belong in the academic portfolio and options for restructuring programs where needed through faculty development, curricular design, and delivery modes.


  • New or Expanded Academic Programs

    Chaired by Leo Welch – charged with making recommendations about how UNC can create a campus-wide approach to making decisions about adding or expanding academic program, including market data analysis and instructional resource decisions.


  • Liberal Arts Core

    Chaired by Laura Connolly and Jason Byrnes – Charged with making recommendations for improving the Liberal Arts Core by streamlining the curriculum, ensuring LAC courses are relevant and engaging for non-majors, expanding online offerings, and improving LAC advising.


  • Active Learning

    Chaired by Deborah Romero and Mike Kimball – Charged with making recommendations on organizing current active learning resources such as undergraduate research, community engaged learning, internships, study abroad, and work-study to ensure every UNC may engage in one or more of these activities relevant to major and career plans.


  • Graduate Programs

     Chaired by Linda Black and Eugene Sheehan – Charged with making recommendations on the criteria UNC should use for discontinuing or restructuring existing programs as well as adding new programs.


  • Extended Campus

    Chaired by Nancy Rubin and Kiki Gilderhus – Charged with recommending policies and procedures within Extended Campus and interactions with on-campus programs, criteria for non-degree programs, and stand-alone online programs.


  • Academic Program Support

    Chaired by Paul Bobrowski and Helen Reed – Charged with recommending comparable and appropriate staffing levels across departments, examining logistical support across campus, and proposing efficiencies.


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.

  • Vision, Mission, Values

    Chaired by Gardiner Tucker – Charged with establishing a vision, mission and values for a 21st Century Student Affairs Division that considers the needs and expectations of a changing college student population.  


    Gardiner Tucker: gardiner.tucker@unco.edu

  • Inventory and Organizational Structure

    Chaired by Larry Loften and Evan Welch – Charged with conducting an inventory of what student affairs functions currently exist at UNC (regardless of current organizational structure), identifying any gaps, and developing three sample Student Affairs organizational charts.

  • Student Data Analysis

    Chaired by Jenna Finley – Charged with analyzing existing UNC student data, demographic data, and literature on student needs and expectations to identify strategies for servings UNC students and increasing student success. 


    Jenna Finley: jenna.finley@unco.edu

  • Career Readiness Strategies

    Chaired by Chris Cobb and Crystal Smith – Charged with identifying and creating career readiness strategies for Student Affairs units that incorporate NACE career readiness competencies. 


  • Equity-Minded Strategies

    Co-chaired by Tobias Guzman and Stephen Loveless – charged with identifying and creating equity-minded strategies for Student Affairs units. 


  • First-Year Experience

    Chaired by Erin Datteri-Saboski – Charged with partnering with the Student Success First-Year Experience committee to evaluate current first-year curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students and develop recommendations for ensuring every first-year student has an opportunity to engage in a high impact experience. 


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 Vision

    Chaired by Sarah Chase – Charged with articulating the role of student success in supporting campus-wide services and initiatives related to student retention, persistence, and completion. 


    Sarah Chase: sarah.chase@unco.edu

  • Student Success Data Strategy

    Chaired by Charlie Couch – Charged with evaluating the current student success data strategy against institutionally stated goals for improved persistence, retention, and degree completion outcomes and providing recommendations for improving stakeholder access to data.


    Charlie Couch: charlie.couch@unco.edu

  • Gateway Course Completion Success

    Chaired by Virgil Pierce – Charged with evaluating current gateway course outcomes and strategies, including an equity gap assessment, and providing recommendations for improving gateway courses and course support to increase student success and retention. 


    Virgil Pierce: virgil.pierce@unco.edu

  • First-Year Experiences

    Chaired by Erin Datteri-Saboski – Charged with evaluating current UNC curricular and co-curricular opportunities for first year students and making recommendations for ensuring all first-year students have opportunities to engage in a high impact experience.


    Erin Datteri-Saboski: erin.datterisaboski@unco.edu

  • First Year Advising

    Chaired by Corey Pierce – Charged with proposing a set of recommendations for implementing a redesigned advising model that provides all first-year undergraduate students with consistent, accessible, high-impact advising.

    Chaired by Corey Pierce – Charged with proposing a set of recommendations for implementing a redesigned advising model that provides all first-year undergraduate students with consistent, accessible, high-impact advising.


    Corey Pierce: corey.pierce@unco.edu

  • Peer Benchmarking

    Chaired by Stephanie Torrez – Charged with identifying institutional and aspirational peers for benchmarking student success and other institutional priorities. 


    Stephanie Torrez: stephanie.torrez@unco.edu