University of Northern Iowa Strategic Plan, 2017-2022

Unifying Goal: Student Success

Student Success ChartThe University of Northern Iowa is dedicated to providing students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to become lifelong learners and active, contributing members of society. Each student is an individual deserving dedicated support and purposeful pathways to success, regardless of economic status, academic background or major. Outstanding faculty and staff advance student success through offering high-impact practices and innovative programs, all focused on supporting a liberal education and inclusive excellence. Students attending UNI receive a transformational, holistic engaged learning experience that advances their intellectual, social, and civic development preparing them to pursue their personal and professional goals.

Develop and support engaged learning experiences, dynamic and high-quality academic programs, and outstanding faculty and staff to foster student success.

Strategic Initiatives:

  1. Enhance and increase engaged student learning and high-impact experiences on and off campus, inside and outside of the classroom.

  2. Introduce new academic programs, including interdisciplinary and staff programs, in a timely fashion, and complete ongoing evaluation of all academic programs.

  3. Strengthen the liberal arts core to provide a foundation for all majors.

  4. Recruit, develop, and retain outstanding faculty and staff, and recognize and support service, teaching and scholarship.

  5. Advance knowledge through all forms of scholarship and creative endeavors.


Metric: Achieve a 5-year rolling average of 84% retention rate for FT freshman students from their first to second year.

Year by Year Results

Metric One Line Chart

Base Year

Current Year*

5-Year Target

5 Year Rolling Average

2011-2015

2014-2018

2017-2022

83.0%

82.8%

84%

*Current Year: 2018-2019

Metric: Attain a 5-year rolling average 4-year graduation rate of 42% for first time/full time freshman.

Year by Year Results

Metric B Line Chart

Base Year

Current Year*

5-Year Target

5 Year Rolling Average

2008-2012

2011-2015

2017-2022

38.9%

41.6%

42%

*Current Year: 2018-2019

Metric: Attain a 5-year rolling average 3-year graduation rate of 55% for transfer students.

Year by Year Results

Metric D Line Chart

Base Year

Current Year*

5-Year Target

5 Year Rolling Average

2009-2013

2012-2016

2017-2022

49.7%

52.6%

55%

*Current Year: 2018-2019

Metric: Maintain the high percentage of first destination employment/continuing education rates within 6 months

Year by Year Results

Metric E Line Chart

Base Year

Current Year*

5-Year Target

5 Year Rolling Average

2013-2017

2014-2018

2017-2022

94%

95%

95%

*Current Year: 2018-2019