Among the multitude of questions facing the UNC system and its future, members of the system’s strategic planning committee started with the basics Wednesday — how many students should universities graduate?
The UNC-system Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions has been tasked with helping to craft the system’s next five-year plan by the end of this year. The plan aims to make universities more efficient, ensure students have the skills required by employers and potentially set degree attainment goals.
Given that about 28 percent of the state’s 25-to-64-year-old population had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2010, Dan Cohen-Vogel, senior director of institutional research for the system, presented three degree attainment options for the system.
The first would focus on meeting the workforce demands for entry-level jobs — which might just require an associate’s degree — and actually decrease the percentage of the state’s population with at least a bachelor’s degree to 23.4 percent.
The second would increase that percentage to about 32 percent and match current projections, while the last goal would be in line with the top five most educated states and the most ambitious — 40.6 percent.