UNCP has reached a milestone in record enrollment with the help of the NC Promise Tuition Plan this fall.
According to a university press release, "UNCP welcomed a freshman class of 1,233 and 838 new transfer students--a staggering 56 percent more than fall 2017. Another 256 re-enrolled at the university, marking a 59 percent jump in readmissions over fall 2017."
Additionally, the retention rate has increased by five percent, in part of Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, David Ward's task force initiatives.
The task force assembled last fall, was comprised of representatives from multiple departments who were in charge of specific areas. From there, a sweep of campus was done, with research and in depth looks at sizes of classroom areas in accordance to holding capacity and fire codes, in preparation of a projected landslide amount of admissions.
Additionally, during the process of task force operations last fall, Ward shared that his main focuses in preparation for NC Promise were "academic policy and retention," which he seems to have achieved with the retention rate (rate of students who returned/re-enrolled for their second year) and the heightened academic ACT and SAT scores of incoming students.
According to the university press release, "Average freshman SAT scores are up nearly 100 points compared with last year while both ACT scores and GPA have also risen."
"Through NC Promise, more students than ever before are seeing the value in the high-quality and affordable education UNC Pembroke offers," said Chancellor Gary Cummings. "This innovative program is helping us advance UNCP and the UNC system's shared mission of access and affordability, and this fall's historic enrollment growth is the result of the visionary commitment to the power and potential of higher education by our state's leaders."
NC Promise is a $500 per semester tuition plan enacted at UNCP, Elizabeth City State University and Western Carolina by the North Carolina General Assembly who allocated $51 million to make it possible for every North Carolinian to have a higher education within reach of their means.
The effects of NC Promise have helped enrollment rise in all three institutions, with increases in student enrollment and a heightened GPA of the student body.