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Student Achievement

Supporting student achievement is at the center of the university’s institutional effectiveness and priorities NCCU 2020: Strategic Action Plan. The university identifies goals and outcomes aligned with NCCU’s mission, strategic goals and priorities, they include:

  • Enrollment rate
  • Retention rate
  • Graduation rate
  • Degrees conferred

In addition, other NCCU student achievement measures include:

  • Passing rate, and
  • Career outcomes

UNC System’s Higher Expectations outlines NC Central’s top-5 student achievement priorities to include;

  • Low income completion,
  • rural completion,
  • five-year graduation rates,
  • undergraduate degree efficiency and,
  • achievement gap (i.e. Pell Grant Recipients).

For additional institutional data, please contact the Office of Research, Evaluation and Planning at 919-530-6367.

Enrollment Rates

NCCU is committed to growing enrollment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Listed in the chart are the rates from 2010-2017.

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

8645

8359

8604

8093

7687

8011

8096

8097

8207

 

Retention Rates

NCCU measures retention from fall of the freshman year to fall of the sophomore year. The NCCU 2020 Strategic Plan set a retention goal of 80%.

Cohort Year

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

69%

68%

72%

73%

77%

80%

81%

77%

82%

 

Graduation Rates

The NCCU 2020 Strategic Plan set a four-year graduation rate goal of 20% and a six-year graduation rate goal of 53%.

Cohort Year

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

4-Year Graduation Rates

15%

15%

22%

16%

20%

20%

21%

25%

27%

6-Year Graduation Rates

43%

40%

47%

42%

43%

44%

46%

 

 

 

Degrees Conferred

Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional Degrees Conferred, 2009 - 2017

 

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Total

 

Professional Practice

Research/Scholarship

2010-2011

914

493

178

 

1585

2011-2012

947

438

165

 

1550

2012-2013

1036

456

167

 

1659

2013-2014

1081

438

141

 

1660

2014-2015

1094

372

177

 

1643

2015-2016

1100

397

176

 

1673

2016-2017

1132

481

174

3

1790

2017-2018

1036

467

132

2

1637

*Includes Double Degrees

 

Passing Rates

Certain programs required students to complete licensure requirements such as examinations to practice in the professional field. Examinations are required in Law, Nursing, Elementary Education, Counselor Education, Special Education and Communication Disorders. The passage rates in these areas are indicators of students’ overall success in the program as well as their preparation for professional service.

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Nursing-NCLEX
UNC-BOG Pass Rate is 85%

 

81%

81%

93%

70%

90%

68%

68%

82%

Law
ABA passage threshold is 75% for First Time Bar Passage

Law

71.54%

76.23%

60.00%

64.80%

75.79%

65.55%

63.03%

56.73%

Law

79.84%

82.19%

78.76%

71.01%

70.64%

69.34%

66.82%

72.20%

Elementary Education Praxis II/Pearson Test
NCDPI sets a passage rate threshold of 70%

Elementary Education

83%

73%

97%

100%

100%

67%

40%

18%

Special Education

67%

100%

Too few to report

100%

87.5%

100%

0%

42.9%

Communication Disorders
Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (CAA)

 

90%

90%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

Counselor Education
Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

 

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

 

Career Placement

Annually the Office of Career Services and Outreach tracks career placement through internships, part-time jobs, co-op experiences and part-time on-campus job placement. Visit http://www.nccu.edu/careerservices for additional information.

North Carolina Central University Strategic Plan Metrics Five-Year Goals and Associated Benchmarks

In January 2017, the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina unanimously approved Higher Expectations https://www.northcarolina.edu/sites/default/files/unc_strategic_plan.pdf, a five-year Strategic Plan for the UNC System. The Plan calls on the UNC System to achieve ambitious goals in access, student success, affordability and efficiency, economic impact and community engagement, and institutional excellence and diversity.
Progress on these goals and metrics will be achieved through the hard work and commitment of institutional leaders, faculty, and staff. In that spirit, North Carolina Central University has identified these contributions that North Carolina Central University aspires to make to the UNC Strategic Plan over the next five years.

LOW-INCOME COMPLETIONS
By 2021-22, NCCU will produce 961 low-income graduates, an increase of 23.0% (180 additional low-income completions over a base of 781).

RURAL COMPLETIONS
By 2021-22, NCCU will produce 400 rural graduates, an increase of 16.3% (56 additional rural completions over a base of 344).

FIVE-YEAR GRADUATION RATES
By 2022, NCCU will improve its five-year graduation rate from any accredited institution to 51.5%. This is an improvement over a base of 43.8% for NCCU’s 2010 cohort.

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE EFFICIENCY
By 2021-22, NCCU will improve its undergraduate degree efficiency to 20 over a base of 17.4.

ACHIEVEMENT GAPS IN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE EFFICIENCY
By 2021-22, NCCU will reduce by 50% the achievement gap in undergraduate degree efficiency between low-income and non-low income students.

To view all of North Carolina Central University’s goals and metrics associated to UNC System’s Strategic Plan, visit: https://www.northcarolina.edu/Strategic-Planning/North-Carolina-Central-University

 
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