Progress Report on the
Academic Plan
Bernadette Gray-Little
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
July 26, 2006
Peer Institutions Used in Comparisons
 University of California – Berkeley
 University of California – Los Angeles
 University of Florida
 University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign
 University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
 University of Pittsburgh – Main Campus
 University of Texas – Austin
 University of Virginia
 University of Washington – Seattle
 University of Wisconsin - Madison
Priority A
Provide the strongest possible academic
experience for undergraduate, graduate,
and professional students.
Undergraduate Education Measures
 Course sections with fewer than 20 students
2002
UNC-Chapel Hill: 40%
Peer Mean: 42%
2003
UNC-Chapel Hill: 51%
Peer Mean: 42%
2004
UNC-Chapel Hill: 54%
Peer Mean: 43%
2005
UNC-Chapel Hill: 50%
Peer Mean: 42%
Source: US News and World Report Best Colleges, 2004 - 2006 editions. 2005 data source: 2005-06 Common Data Set
Undergraduate Education Measures
 First year retention rate remained
steady at 95% for the previous
three years
 Retention rate for 2004 cohort was
97%
 AAU mean is 89%
Source: AAUDE Comparative Retention and Graduation Study, 2002-2005
Undergraduate Education Measures
 Four year graduation rates for Freshman entering in:
1998
UNC Chapel Hill: 67%
Peer Mean: 50%
1999
UNC Chapel Hill: 71%
Peer Mean: 53%
2000
UNC Chapel Hill: 65%
Peer Mean: 56%
2001
UNC Chapel Hill: 71%
Peer Mean: 56%
Source: AAUDE Comparative Retention and Graduation Study, 2002-2005
Undergraduate Education Measures
 Six year graduation rates for Freshman
entering in:
1996
UNC Chapel Hill: 80%
Peer Mean: 78%
1997
UNC Chapel Hill: 83%
Peer Mean: 79%
1998
UNC Chapel Hill: 81%
Peer Mean: 80%
1999
UNC Chapel Hill: 84%
Peer Mean: 80%
Undergraduate Education Measures
 External rankings and evaluations of programs
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Kiplinger’s 2006 Top Deals in Higher Education ranked Carolina
# 1 overall for the fifth year in a row. Carolina was ranked #1 for
in state students, and # 3 for out of state students.
US News 2006 ranked Carolina 1st among public campuses and
10th overall in "Great Schools, Great Prices," based on
academic quality, net cost of attendance and average student
debt.
#1 in Forbes’ ranking of entrepreneurial universities
The Center: Top American Research Universities: scored 9 out
of 9 measures
A "best value" among 81 schools chosen for "America's Best
Value Colleges, 2006 Edition" by The Princeton Review/Random
House for outstanding academics, relatively low costs, and
generous financial aid packages.
Sources: Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, June 2006; The Center publication, “The Top American Research Universities”, Nov
2004. http://thecenter.ufl.edu/research2003.pdf; The Princeton Review, America’s Best Value Colleges, 2006
Graduate Education Measures
 2005 passing rates on professional exams
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Medical Boards: Step 1: 98%, Step 2: 97%
Dental Boards State: 95%, National Boards Part 1:
96%, Part 2: 97%
Bar Exam: UNC: 83%, Statewide: 81%
Praxis II Exam for Education: UNC: 100%,
Statewide: 97%
National Council Licensure Examination for
Registered Nurses (BSN programs): UNC: 94%,
National: 87%
Pharmacy Licensure Examination: UNC: 98%,
National: 89%
Sources: UNC-Chapel Hill School Of Medicine Curriculum Profile Reports and Liaison Committee on Medical Education Annual
Medical School Questionnaires; UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry; UNC General Administration; UNC-Chapel Hill School of
Education; North Carolina Board of Nursing; UNC-Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy and the National Association of Boards of
Pharmacy.
Graduate Education Measures
 US News & World Report, Best Graduate Schools, 2006 Edition
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School of Public Health: 2
School of Nursing: 5
School of Pharmacy: 3
School of Medicine: 20 (# 2 in Primary Care)
School of Information and Library Science: 1
Department of Sociology: 4
School of Social Work: 7
School of Government (Public Administration): 8
Department of History: 13
Department of Chemistry: 14 (#1 in Analytic Chemistry)
Department of Political Science: 13
Department of Psychology: 22
Department of English: 19
Kenan Flagler Business School: 20
School of Law: 27
School of Education: 29
Graduate Education Measures
 Comparison of Average Teaching Assistant compensation
with AAU peers
Academic Year
2001-02
2002-03
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
UNC-Chapel Hill
$11,379
$11,944
$12,400
$12,762
$13,128
Public Peers
$12,796
$12,941
$13,282
$13,723
$14,182
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Minimum TA salary boosted to $7,000 per semester for fall 2006
Even with increase in minimum TA salary from $5,000 in 2002 to
$7,000 in 2006, Carolina remains in the bottom quartile of
its peers for TA stipends
Source: AAU Data Exchange and UNC-Chapel Hill Payroll files
Priority B
Further integrate interdisciplinary
research, education, and public service.
Interdisciplinary Initiatives for 2006
 Parr Center for Ethics
 Carolina Performing Arts Academic Integration
Program
 School of Medicine promotion and tenure policy
changes to reward interdisciplinary contributions to
faculty productivity
 Translational Medicine Initiative, speeding
development of new drugs and furthering
collaboration with physicians and research faculty,
boosted by $2.5 million funding from Legislature
Priority C
Improve faculty recruitment,
retention, and development.
Faculty Recruitment
 Number of Opportunity and Spousal/Partner Hires
Per Year:
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2002-03: 7 opportunity, 3 spousal offers
2003-04: 8 opportunity, 4 spousal offers
2004-05: 16 opportunity offers, 12 spousal offers
2005-06: 14 opportunity offers, 8 spousal offers
 Faculty Start-up allocations from Provost’s Office:
 $4,424,650 for 2002-2003
 $6,372,258 for 2003-2004
 $5,899,550 for 2004-2005
 $7,274,000 for 2005-2006
Source: Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Faculty Development
 39 Junior Faculty Development Awards (increased
funding from $5,000 to $7,500 per award; total funding
increased from $215,000 in 2004-05 to $292,500 in
2005-06)
 14 Senior Faculty Competitive Leave Awards
($892,769)
Source: Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Priority D
Increase diversity among
faculty, students, and staff.
Minority Faculty
Number and percent of total minority faculty:
Year
Tenured/Tenure Track
Fixed Term
All Faculty
2002
230 (12.5%)
148 (17.1%)
378 (14%)
2003
250 (13.7%)
162 (17.7%)
412 (15%)
2004
254 (13.9%)
189 (18.7%)
443 (15.6%)
2005
260 (14.3%)
205 (19.2%)
465 (16.1%)
Source: UNC-Chapel Hill Fact Books
Note: “Minority” includes all races except White/Caucasian.
Minority Students
Number and percent of student population:
Year
Undergraduate
Graduate
Professional
All Students
2002
3,546 (22.2%)
2,143 (27.9%)
560 (23.5%)
6,249 (24%)
2003
3,928 (24.3%)
2,213 (28.2%)
583 (24.7%)
6,724 (25.5%)
2004
4,242 (25.7%)
2,369 (29.6%)
603 (25.7%)
7,213 (26.8%)
2005
4,433 (26.4%)
2,548 (31.2%)
600 (25.7%)
7,581 (27.8%)
Source: UNC-Chapel Hill Fact Books; Note: “Minority” includes all races except White/Caucasian.
2006 Diversity Assessment
 Supplements the Academic Plan
 Six goals:
Define and publicize Carolina’s commitment to
diversity
 Ensure accountability
 Achieve critical mass of underrepresented
populations in faculty, staff and students
 Make high quality diversity training available
 Create climate where respectful discussion
flourishes
 Support research
 Implementation to begin this fall
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Priority E
Enhance public engagement.
Chancellor’s Task Force on
Engagement
 Four subcommittees submitted initial reports
in March:
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Education
Health
Economic Development
Cross cutting issues
 Chancellor will issue report and
recommendations in September
Source: Carolina Center for Public Service
Chancellor’s Carolina Connects Tour
 Since April of 2004 the Chancellor has made
65 visits to communities from Manteo and
Shallotte in the East to Asheville and
Cullowhee in the West and points in between.
Stops have focused on the Carolina
Covenant program, the Citizen-Soldier
initiative and numerous research and public
service projects.
 Tour highlight the ways in which the
University’s faculty, staff and students serve
the people of North Carolina.
Public Service Scholars Program
 In 2006, forty students graduated from
Carolina as Public Service Scholars
 They completed 19,653 hours of service, an
average of 491 hours per graduate
 In three and a half years, participants have
logged over 113,500 hours
 Program has grown from 78 to 742 students,
with participants from 90 of North Carolina’s
100 counties and 34 other states and the
District of Columbia
Public Service Scholars Program
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Graduate Education Advancement
Board IMPACT Awards
 GEAB presented IMPACT awards to 13
projects and gave recognition to an additional
26. A faculty review committee selected the
projects for their contributions to issues that
face the state. The research projects were in
the areas of economic development, health
and human services, education, and the
environment.
Priority F
Extend Carolina’s global presence,
research, and teaching.
Foreign Students and Scholars*
Year
Undergraduate
Graduate
Non-degree/
exchange
All
Students
Scholars*
2002
178
971
125
1,274
1,017
2003
188
938
128
1,254
1,024
2004
222
968
141
1,331
1,047
2005
206
967
174
1,347
1,183
*Scholars are individuals on campus for primarily research
purposes (e.g. research associates, post-docs, faculty)
Source: UNC-Chapel Hill Office of International Student & Scholar Services
International Affairs Initiatives 2005-06
 China Initiative
 Created various China working groups the total roster
for which come to over 120 faculty and staff
 MOU’s signed between various units at UNC-Chapel
Hill and the Chinese
 Joint programs, workshops, conferences held with
Chinese Government, Tsinghua University
 Globalization and the American South
 Global Health
 New Title VI Center for African Studies
Source: Associate Provost for International Affairs
Accomplished Our Three Major
International Affairs Goals for 2004-05
 Secured funds to complete the Global Education
Center, largely through a $5 million pledge from
FedEx
 Moved ahead on the undergraduate joint-degree
program with the National University of Singapore.
On our end, the program passed through all levels of
the approval process at UNC-Chapel Hill, and now
needs only the final approvals of GA and the Board of
Governors.
 Retained our status as one of the top public research
universities in terms of the proportion of
undergraduates we send abroad; worked to
rationalize and enhance the quality of the study
abroad programs in which we are involved.
Source: Associate Provost for International Affairs
SACS Recognition
 Our International programs and initiatives
received very strong endorsements from the
site visit team that visited UNC-Chapel Hill in
April 2006 as part of decennial reaffirmation
of accreditation process by SACS (Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools).
 International programs and initiatives are a
key component of the institutional Quality
Enhancement Plan (QEP) required for
reaffirmation of accreditation.
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