Research and Reports
A research and evaluation plan was incorporated into the initial design for the Carolina Covenant. Its purpose is to help the University determine the extent to which the Carolina Covenant is successfully meeting its goals, to identify ways to improve its effectiveness, and to inform institutional policy.
The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment conducts or coordinates all research activities related to the Carolina Covenant to ensure data and reporting integrity.
To evaluate the Covenant’s effectiveness, each Scholar will be followed from admission through graduation and up to five years after graduation. In addition, each class of Covenant Scholars is compared to a control group of students who would have been eligible for the Covenant had it been in place one year earlier. Both groups are compared to students in their entering class who did not qualify for the Covenant but received need-based financial aid, and to those who did not qualify for need-based aid.
Carolina has engaged in an ongoing internal evaluation of program policies and the needs of Scholars for help in overcoming barriers to success. Modifications have been made and programming has been added in response to identified needs.