Overview


Each higher educational institution earns one-fifth of its available performance funding by meeting each of its Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) measures. The University's six performance funding measures include 1) the 24-hour completion rate; 2) the six-year graduation rate; 3) professional/occupational licensure; 4) the percentage of expenditures on the university’s core mission; 5) the number of graduates in STEM, healthcare, and other critical fields; and 6) student placement after graduation.

In addition to the State Performance Funding Measures, the university develops a long range plan that includes transparency in accountability as well as setting priorities and budgeting. There are six areas of focus in the 2016-21 Long Range Plan that include Academic Profile, Student Experience, Diversity and Inclusion, Globalization, Infrastructure, and Funding. Success in these areas is measured by the seven Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of Enrollment, Student Success, Quality of Student Learning, Graduate Outcomes, Faculty and Staff, Sustainability and Financial Efficiency, and Funding.

During the next five years, each unit of the university will develop the specific goals and tactics that will operationalize the plan, direct how the university will allocate its resources, identify which individuals or groups are accountable for implementation, and specify the measures by which the plan will be evaluated.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Performance Funding Measures
  • Each higher educational institution receives a portion of its available funding by meeting, or improving, each of the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) measures. SB 492 (2014) requires the addition of a sixth performance item “to measure student job placement in a field or position associated with the student’s degree level and pursuit of a graduate degree.” To allow development and assessment of the measure’s methodology, no funding will be allocated based on the sixth performance measure until FY 2019. Where possible, measures for 2-year institutions follow methodology employed by the National Community College Benchmark (NCCBP) survey. In the case of graduation/transfer rates, NCCBP reported rates will differ from IPEDS reporting as NCCBP includes only transfers to 4-year institutions.
  • Enrollment
  • For national comparison purposes, the enrollment headcount is based on IPEDS reporting. Some of our student population is excluded from IPEDS submissions due to reporting guidelines. Students who are not counted in IPEDS are students exclusively auditing classes or enrolled at the China Campus.
  • Retention
  • Retention rates are the percentage of first-time full-time degree/certificate seeking students enrolled in the fall of the prior year that are either still enrolled in the fall of the current year or have completed their program in that time (IPEDS Fall Enrollment Survey Instructions).
  • Graduation/Transfer Rate
  • Graduation/transfer rates characterize student progress toward completion of a certificate or Associate degree, or transfer to another institution for continuing progress toward a degree. These measures track cohorts of full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students and their completion or transfer status at 150% of the normal time to complete all requirements of their program of study. Three-years is 150% time for an Associate degree, but certificate programs are generally of shorter duration (adapted from IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey Instructions).
  • Native Transfers
  • Number of students transferring from the Missouri State University-West Plains campus to the Springfield campus in an academic year.
  • Faculty Instruction
  • Percentage of student credit hours and number of credit sections taught by full-time faculty. These measures follow methodology used in National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP) reporting.
  • Diversity
  • In keeping with Missouri State University’s commitment to providing equal opportunity in both its academic and work environment, MSU-West Plains monitors the percentage of students, faculty and staff in certain historically under-represented groups. Residence, race and ethnicity groups are defined following IPEDS reporting. Highlighted race/ethnicity groups are those used as graduation/retention rate subgroups, and % under-represented groups as defined by the Long Range Plan.