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 rural completions.
This item addresses the UNC System’s goal to continue its proud heritage of access and student diversity.
By 2021–22, produce 1,593 rural graduates, an increase of 16.2% (222 additional rural completions over a base of 1,371).
What constitutes “rural completions”?
The UNC System strategic plan defines rural completions as the number of in-state undergraduates who both:
- Received a baccalaureate degree in the current academic year.
- Resided within the last 5 years in a county that the North Carolina Department of Commerce defined in 2016 as a Tier 1 or Tier 2 county.
Spring 2018 graduates from the Walker College of Business are ready for their big moment. Photo by Marie Freeman