Among the areas in which Appalachian State University has signed an agreement with the UNC System to prioritize in support of the UNC System strategic plan is reducing low-income achievement gaps in undergraduate degree efficiency.
This item addresses the UNC System’s goal of student success — increasing degree attainment and ensuring value and relevance for students.
By 2021–22, reduce by 50% the achievement gap in undergraduate degree efficiency among low-income students.
What constitutes “undergraduate degree efficiency”?
The UNC System strategic plan measures undergraduate degree efficiency as an institution’s number of undergraduate credentials awarded per 100 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) undergraduates.
As Appalachian’s Executive Director of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning Heather Langdon explained, this is a measure of the proportion of students who graduate from the institution as compared to the total number of students enrolled.
Appalachian’s Office of Student Success, led by Dr. Greg Lester, is dedicated to helping students focus on academic success. Photo by Chase Reynolds