The UNC system has outlined a new vision for the next five years — but obtaining the money to implement that vision is far from guaranteed.
The system’s Board of Governors approved a new five-year strategic plan for universities last week after a six-month planning process that included input from the state’s business and higher education leaders.
The plan aims to increase the percentage of the state’s bachelor-degree holders to 32 percent by 2018 through improving graduation rates and attracting more nontraditional students, including veterans and residents with some credit but no degree.
BASICS OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN
- The plan aims to boost the percentage of the state’s population with degrees to 32 percent by 2018.
- The plan must receive final approval from the state legislature, which will appropriate money to implement its proposals.
But before the plan is ready for implementation, it must receive final approval from the state legislature. Universities have absorbed millions in budget cuts in recent years during a tough economic period for the state.
The plan is estimated to cost $199 million for the five-year period, but the system is initially asking for less money than it has in the past — which system leaders have said should help ensure its passage.