The Office of Undergraduate Education’s primary mission is student success. In particular, the programs and initiatives that comprise the Office are committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to graduate from UNC Charlotte, on time and with the knowledge and experience necessary for personal and professional success. The Office of Undergraduate Education also promotes curricular programs designed to promote a culture of inclusion and engagement for the student body as a whole.
While diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to all of the Office of Undergraduate Education’s work, programs and initiatives of particular note include:
The Prospect for Success is UNC Charlotte's first-year curriculum. It is designed to teach students the habits and mindsets that will help them be successful in college. The Prospect curriculum is designed around three interconnected goals—Intentionality, Curiosity, and Awareness—what might be thought of as the DNA of education. The Awareness goal is specifically designed to ensure that incoming students are developing an understanding of themselves as situated in a multicultural society where they will regularly interact with people with different world views and experiences. It also develops their awareness of how their own world views and experiences shape their thinking
The Common Reading Experience provides a shared academic experience for first-year students at UNC Charlotte. This program offers unique opportunities for self-reflection, critical thinking, student interaction, and understanding of diverse perspectives by fostering cross-campus conversations about diversity and inclusion. In Fall 2018 students will read Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. This engaging memoir from the host of The Daily Show provides ample opportunities for discussions of systemic inequalities and cultural diversity. To complement the book the University is planning a series of programs designed to create a campus-wide conversation on these critical issues. Born a Crime, will be used widely in introductory courses.
The Office of Multicultural Academic Services provides a range of academic engagement opportunities for traditionally underserved or underrepresented populations and first-generation students. These include:
UTOP (University Transition Opportunities Program): UTOP is a Summer Bridge and Academic Year Learning Community for first-time in college students that focuses on ensuring a successful transition to college.
SAFE: A first-year peer mentoring program run jointly with the Dean of Students Office.
NC-LSAMP: The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is funded by the National Science Foundation and supports underrepresented students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math.
- Building Better Brothers: (B3) program is designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of minority and underrepresented males.
The Office of Disability Services works to ensure that students with disabilities have access to education and campus life at UNC Charlotte. Through collaboration with the institution’s diverse community, Disability Services facilitates accommodations, discourse, and engagement to promote a universally accessible learning environment for all.