What is Thrive?
Thrive@Carolina is a University-wide initiative to help students succeed at UNC and beyond. Here’s what Thrive has done already:
- Completed first phrase of student-success data analytics and reporting (May 2016).
- Awarded first student-success collaboration grants (March 2016).
- Convened staff, faculty, and students for student-success workshop (February 2016).
- Implemented improvements in academic progress reports, making them easier for students
to access and act upon and easier for faculty and advisors to use (February
- Launched faculty and staff training in student success (February 2016).
- Issued a call for proposals for projects that encourage collaboration across administrative
boundaries (January 2016).
- Finalized definition of student success (December 2015).
- Deployed improved notifications—timelier, more accurate, and more actionable—for students
who are on probation or academically ineligible (December 2015).
- Announced initiative (November 2015).
- Developed communications plan for students and faculty (September 2015).
- Initiated project to improve student-success tools and analytics, drawing mainly on
funds carried forward from 2014-2015 (September 2015).
- Offered 26 sections of transition courses total in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.
- Secured funding in October 2014 for top priorities identified in March 2014.
- Offered eight additional sections of transition courses in Spring 2015.
- Created and filled four full-time student-success positions: coordinator for transition courses; coordinator for support program for first-generation-college students; Learning specialist to provide academic coaching and develop training; Math specialist for newly created STEM Hub in Learning Center.
- Convened a faculty group to develop training for faculty and staff in encouraging the
success of all students, with the first training scheduled for Spring 2016.
- Agreed on the central principles of a call for proposals for projects that encourage
schools, divisions, and departments to collaborate across administrative boundaries to
strengthen student success.
- Drafted a plan to improve student-success tools and analytics over the next twelve
- Drafted and shared a proposed University-wide definition of student success.
- Awarded first grant to faculty member to develop new transition course that incorporates
highly structured, active-learning techniques.
- Sought advice from UNC Communications and Public Affairs about a possible timeline
for public messages about the initiative.
- Secured a private gift of $25,000 to fund communications with students and faculty.