Fostering Undergraduate Student Success Details


At its November 12, 2010 meeting, the UNC Faculty Assembly focused on the theme “academics first” by inviting a panel of representatives from UNC constituent institutions to explore students’ academic progress behaviors. Since the November meeting, the UNC Association of Student Governments, the UNC Faculty Assembly, and UNC General Administration Academic & Student Affairs continued a cooperative review of academic processes that could be addressed system-wide to support “academics first” from the perspective of student progress and success.

In February 2012, Dr. Suzanne Ortega, UNC Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, charged the Academics First Workgroup with the task of advancing the work initiated by the UNC Faculty Assembly with a goal of recommending system-wide policies that would support campus efforts to enhance access, excellence, and undergraduate degree completion in as timely and efficient a manner as possible. The Workgroup recommended the following for all UNC institutions:

  • All undergraduates be required to earn a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) to remain in good standing,
  • A course adjustment period during which students can drop and add courses without penalty be established prior to the census date,
  • Campus policies be established to govern course withdrawal without academic penalty for serious extenuating circumstances or military service,
  • Campuses place limits on other course withdrawals and repeats, and
  • Campus policies be established to limit grade replacement or exclusion.

The recommendations from the Academics First Workgroup led to changes to the UNC Policy Manual 400.1.5[R] that were approved by President Ross in April 2013, and detailed in Transmittal Letter Number 83 “Fostering Undergraduate Student Success”.

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