Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

One-Third of UNC Students Graduate in Four Years

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

One-Third of UNC Students Graduate in Four Years

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One-Third of UNC Students Graduate In Four Years

One out of every three students who enrolled in the University of North Carolina system in 1996 graduated in four years, a slight increase from the freshman class of 1994, according to a report released by the UNC Board of Governors last month.

Graduation rates ranged from a high of 66.9 percent at UNC Chapel Hill to a low of 17.8 percent at UNC Pembroke. The overall rate of 33 percent was up one percentage point from the 1994 freshmen.

Administrators at UNC Charlotte, which graduates about one out of every five freshmen, say a project they are developing may be the key to retaining campus populations.

Next fall, two groups of about 22 freshmen will live together in one wing of a dorm and take at least four of their classes together. The freshmen learning communities are Charlotte's reaction to a national trend that stresses the importance of the links between students and their school.

"One of the things that we know from national data is that connecting students to the university during the first six weeks is imperative to keeping them here," says Provost Denise Trauth. …

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