Student Achievement

UNC Charlotte evaluates student achievement and success in a manner consistent with its mission as North Carolina’s urban research university.  When evaluating student achievement, the University considers several indicators in assessing whether the institution has been successful in enhancing students’ personal and professional growth. The Division of Academic Affairs also assesses whether the colleges and programs have prepared graduate students for personal success. At the institutional level, the Office of Institutional Research collects and disseminates data on retention and graduation rates and course completion rates. On the academic program level, select programs collect and consider data related to professional licensure.  Measures of student success include:

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention rate is a measure of a schools’ first-time, first-year undergraduate students who continue at school the next year; graduation rate is the percentage of an institution’s first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their academic program at the institution.  As seen in the tables below, UNC Charlotte exceeded its six-year graduation rate targets and met its four-year graduation rate targets.

Table 1: One-Year First-Time, Full-Time Retention Rates

Enter Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015
Retained Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015 Fall 2016
Actual 77.1 80.4 82.4 83.5 TBA
Within UNC System 80.4 83.9 86.7 86.5 TBA

Table 2: Four-Year Graduation Rates

Enter Fall 2008 Fall 2009 Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012
Retained 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Actual 25.0 26.0 28.4 28.8 TBA
Within UNC System 27.3 27.7 30.5 30.7 TBA

Table 3: Six-Year Graduation Rates

Enter Fall 2006 Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009 Fall 2010
Retained 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Actual 53.3 53.8 54.5 53.3 TBA
Within UNC System 58.8 59.5 60.5 59.3 TBA

Additional information on UNC Charlotte’s retention and graduation rates is provided on the College Portrait.

Teacher Licensing Examinations

The College of Education monitors pass rates on licensing examinations required by students in teacher education programs.  As evidenced in the table below, the College of Education has always met its benchmarks for the licensure exam (PRAXIS II).

Table 4: 2014-2015 Student Teacher Licensure Pass Rate

Specialty Area/
Professional Knowledge
Number Taking Test Percent Passing
Art 5 100
ESL 11 100
Elementary (Grades K-6) 208 96
English 24 96
French 3 *
Middle Grades Language Arts 23 70
Middle Grades Math 31 94
Middle Grades Science 16 81
Middle Grades Social Studies 12 92
Math 12 83
Science 4 *
Social Studies 30 100
Spanish 11 91
Special Education: Adapted Curriculum 31 100
Special Education: General Curriculum 55 100
* To protect confidentiality of student records, mean scores based on fewer than five test takers were not printed.

Additional information on UNC Charlotte’s teacher candidate performance can be found through the Educational Assessment & Accreditation website.

National Survey of Student Engagement

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) provides information about student participation in programs and activities that enhance student learning.  Details on UNC Charlotte student responses to the NSSE can be found through the Office of Accreditation and Assessment


Enrollment data indicate the demographics of students enrolled on campus including total enrollment, gender, race/ethnicity, age, and state/country of origin.  Information on UNC Charlotte’s enrollment is provided on the College Portrait