A just-released report from the watchdog organization Education Trust holds up UNCG as a role model for other universities working to improve graduation rates.

UNCG is one of only eight universities in the nation set apart by Education Trust for best practices in retaining and graduating students — especially minority and low-income students — in the report, “Learning from High-Performing and Fast-Gaining Institutions.”

UNCG’s six-year graduation rate for undergraduates has risen steadily, increasing from 50 percent in 2003-04 to 54 percent in 2012-13. Undecided majors advised by UNCG’s relatively new Students First Office had a retention rate 22 percentage points higher than undeclared students who did not use Students First.

“As leader of this university, I am gratified to see our efforts to improve retention and graduation rates recognized by Education Trust,” said UNCG Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “We have concentrated significant resources in this area and we have made significant gains. We should be proud of this trend as it benefits not only the university but also our students and the greater community.”

Read the full story by Michelle Hines here.