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Provost Dunn: UNCG transforms lives of students from traditionally underserved populations

Photo of provost Dana Dunn. UNCG Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dana Dunn was interviewed by The EvoLLLution, an online newspaper devoted to insights on higher education, particularly those that concern serving nontraditional students or re-envisioning traditional higher education. UNCG has been recognized as a leader in serving nontraditional students, and in closing the achievement gap between black and white students.

“Obtaining a college degree is the key to transforming the lives of students from traditionally underserved populations,” Dunn said in the interview. “There is ample evidence that well developed student support infrastructure contributes to enhanced student success for all students, in terms of retention, time to graduation and graduation rates. … Targeting the appropriate support to students who face challenges is the formula for student success. These students have the determination and ‘grit’ required to succeed, and will, with the proper orientation and support along the way.”

Dunn spoke about the specific strategies UNCG uses to provide a supportive environment for students who may be the first in their family to attend college or may have limited financial means to do so. Those include at-risk assessments, a variety of academic and financial advising resources and open educational materials.

Dunn mentioned UNCG’s status as one of the most diverse North Carolina institutions, and also that there is the most growth in the population of students who are from traditionally underserved populations.

“Where higher education can make the most difference, and add the most value is among this group,” she said. “It’s an incredible opportunity.”

In addition to support services, Dunn also spoke about UNCG’s active learning strategies, and the fact that UNCG was one of six universities chosen for a special cohort within the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Frontier Set, a new program for closing achievement gaps and improving educational outcomes.

See the full web article here.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Martin W. Kane