UNCW Chancellor talks plans for the university

Published: Jan. 15, 2016 at 8:37 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2016 at 9:15 PM EST
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WILMINGTON (UNCW) - Chancellor Jose "Zito" Sartarelli is striving for one thing at UNCW.

"Excellence, excellence, Excellence," Sartarelli said

He says he has been energized and hopeful in his first 195 days on the job. During Friday's Board of Trustees meeting, Sartarelli elaborated on UNCW's strategic priorities, one of which is raising $100 million dollars by 2021. Much of that money would be used to help fund scholarships for students.

"Some of these students are having to take loans, they have to contribute to their own money, sometimes, they get scholarships," he said.

He has a goal of raising the average SAT score, which is currently 1150, Sartarelli is hoping to see it well above that number.

In his report, the Chancellor talked about 6 categories of students, the school wants to attract and retain:

  • Freshman
  • Transfer
  • Military
  • Online
  • International
  • Graduate

The current freshman retention rate is 85 percent, but the hope is with personalized advising and attention given to first-year students, that can be raised to 90 percent.

Sartarelli mentioned the need to work closely with the nearly 60 community colleges in the state, because that is where many transfer students are coming from.

"We're preparing these students, to come to UNCW when the time is right," Sartarelli explained.

There is also a new project coming to the school's campus; the resurfacing and renovation of the current track. The university is in talks with construction companies and are hoping to have a plan in place by June. Officials hope to get the project started this fall.

With a long list of goals and strategies to achieve them, Sartarelli says he wants to continue to improve UNCW.

"When I'm long gone, they can say, 'Wow, UNCW is a great university.'"

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