Carson-Newman’s Vision2020 strategic plan supports the University’s mission “to help our students reach their full potential as educated citizens and worldwide servant-leaders.” The plan set forth four strategic initiatives that address teaching and learning, financial growth, stewardship of resources, and a thriving workplace. Within these initiatives, the University set several goals for student achievement.
Freshman to Sophomore Retention Rate
The Retention and Student Success Subcommittee, part of the standing Enrollment Management Committee sets yearly goals, evaluates outcomes, and creates plans for improvement. The committee uses traditional IPEDs data for this process. The committee began by setting attainable goals, which would move the University closer to the aspirational goals of Vision2020. The University did not meet the Fall 2018 target and fell below the minimum threshold. The Retention and Student Success Subcommittee is currently addressing retention efforts through the Enrollment Management Committee’s Strategic Enrollment Management Plan.
Six-Year Graduation Rate
The Vision 2020 Plan set an aspirational six-year graduation rate of 60%. The Retention and Student Success Subcommittee, part of the standing Enrollment Management Committee is responsible for setting yearly goals, evaluating outcomes, and creating plans for improvement. The committee uses the traditional IPEDs data for this process. The committee acknowledges the aspirational nature of the 60% six-year graduation rate and set a more realistic goal of 57% by 2020 through increasing the graduation rate by 1% each year leading up to 2020.
Student Service Rate
While retention and graduations rates help C-N accomplish its mission to help students become educated citizens, the student achievement service rate goal and outcomes address our mission to help students become servant leaders. The Vision 2020 plan set the service rate goal that 80% of undergraduate students would complete a service, service-learning, and/or civic engagement experience prior to graduation. The Community Service and Service Learning committee, a standing committee, is responsible for setting goals, evaluating outcomes, and creating plans for improvement. The committee gathers data from a variety of places including records of student involvement in service-oriented Community Life and Worship events like Operation Inasmuch, academic service-learning courses, and the Center for Community Engagement’s scholarship programs: Bonner Scholars, Faith and Justice Scholars, Community Connections, Service Corps, and Eagles Engage (https://www.cn.edu/undergraduate/programs/the-center-for-community-engagement). The University slightly exceeded the minimum threshold of 70% with 71% of all undergraduate students participating in community service during the 19-20 academic year, despite the move to remote instruction in March due to COVID-19.