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University Of North Alabama Encourages Timely Graduation With "finish In Four" Initiative

Jun. 08, 2018

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

By Bryan Rachal
University Communications

FLORENCE, Ala.- Officials with the University of North Alabama are hoping a new initiative will create additional pathways for student success, ensure timely graduation and reduce student debt.

UNA's new "Finish in Four" campaign will incentivize students to graduate within four years while also increasing retention and improving graduation rates. A central component of the initiative is the University's proposed banded tuition plan, which offers one rate for students taking 12-18 credit hours.

The Board of Trustees' Finance, Facilities and Personnel Committee agreed with the proposal at its meeting earlier this week, and the measure will be considered by the full Board at its quarterly meeting June 13.

"We have a moral obligation to students, parents, and the community to graduate our students in four years," said Dr. Ross Alexander, vice president for Academic Affairs and provost.

Alexander said a four-year graduation timeline will help reduce the debt burden for students and families.

"College should be a four year commitment. If our students are here longer than four years, we want them to earn a graduate degree."

UNA recently unveiled its Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) through which students can earn both baccalaureate and graduate degrees within five years in a variety of programs:https://una.edu/graduate/amp/

If Trustees approve the proposal, for the first time in a decade, UNA will be able to avoid any tuition increase this fall thanks to the banded tuition model. Under the new plan, there will be one rate based on the current cost of 15 credit hours.

UNA President Dr. Kenneth Kitts commended the Board of Trustees for its openness to ideas that can keep tuition affordable and ensure student success.

"Our board is dedicated to maintaining a fair and competitive tuition rate for current and future UNA students. I applaud their tradition of leadership on this important issue," Kitts said.

The proposed banded tuition plan is intended for full-time undergraduates only and will not affect part-time or graduate students.


The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programsthrough the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business,Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing.Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. UNA Athletics, a renownedcollegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I's ASUN and Big South Conferences.The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.