Performance Measures & Funding Initiative
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The 2011 Session of the General Assembly directed “The State Board of Community Colleges to report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee by March 1, 2012, on a revised set of accountability measures and performance standards by which to evaluate and measure student progress and student success, including measures of graduation rates and course completions. The report shall include a plan to incorporate these revised accountability measures and performance standards into regular formula funding. These revised accountability measures and performance standards shall also be the basis for the allocation of performance funding, in accordance with G.S. 115D-31.3(g) and (h).”


Performance Measures

In Spring 2011, a Performance Measures Committee chaired by Dr. Dennis Massey, President of Pitt Community College, and Dr. Molly Parkhill, President of Blue Ridge Community College, began meeting to develop a revised set of performance measures. With guidance and input from Dr. Ralls and stakeholders across the state, the committee approved eight performance measures in July 2011. From August through October 2011, the proposed measures were presented to various stakeholder associations across the state.  In October 2011, the State Board formally approved the eight performance measures and the North Carolina General Assembly adopted them in 2012.

These performance measures were reported on for the first time in the July 2013 release of the Performance Measures for Student Success Report. There are no plans for the measures to be static; rather, the measures and methods of evaluating colleges will be continually reviewed and revised as necessary to ensure that the focus is always on improving student success. Any changes to the descriptions of the measures will require approval from the State Board and the General Assembly.


Performance Funding

The State Board appointed a Performance Measures Committee in the spring of 2012. The Committee was Co-Chaired by State Board of Community Colleges member, K. Ray Bailey, and Catawba Valley Community College President, Dr. Garrett Hinshaw. The Performance Funding Committee recommended a performance-based funding model that allocates funds to colleges based on program quality and program impact. Program quality is evaluated by determining a college's rate of student success on each measure as compared to a systemwide performance baseline and goal. Program impact is evaluated based the number of students succeeding on each measure.

This two-pronged approach was endorsed by the NC Association of Community College Presidents and ultimately recommended to the General Assembly by the State Board. During the 2013 session, the General Assembly amended G.S. 115D-31.3 to enable implementation of the performance-based funding model. For FY 2013-14, a total of $9 million will be allocated to colleges based on their performance on six of the eight measures. (Basic Skills student progress and GED attainment will not be used in FY 2013-14 allocations.) In FY 2014-15, a total of $24 million will be allocated to colleges based on their performance on the eight measures.


Jennifer Haygood at (919) 807-7021

Bill Schneider at (919) 807-6979


Most Recent Activity Report

July 2014 Update

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 15:28
Decisions: Key Values:

The 2014 Performance Measures for Student Success Report was published in April 2014. The data included in this report will serve as the basis for $24 million in performance-based allocations to colleges for FY 2014-15. These allocations represent a portion of each college's regular formula funding provided to support the college's current operating expenses.

Next Steps:

When the State Board adopted the current performance-based funding model, it committed to reviewing the model every three years. A committee including both college and System Office representatives is being formed to review measure methodologies, as well as baseline and goals for each measure. The committee will also work on identifying options for one or more "employment" measures.

Recent Activity Reports Post date
July 2014 Update 2014-07-07 15:28
July Update 2013-08-01 07:57
July Update 2013-08-01 07:57
May Update 2013-05-29 15:58
April Update 2013-04-22 08:51
Performance-Based Funding Report Submitted to General Assembly 2013-03-07 14:46
Performance Funding Model Update 2013-02-09 15:49
Performance Funding Model Legislative Report 2012-12-28 15:00
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