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Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment

Office of Planning and Decision Support

Quality Assurance Funding

Quality Assurance Funding, previously known as Performance Funding, was established in 1974 with collaboration between higher education institutions, governing boards, Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), and a national advisory panel. This collaboration resulted in a set of research-based quality standards used to guide institutions as they seek to improve student learning while carrying out their unique missions. Success on the quality standards allows institutions to earn a percentage of funds over their annual operating budgets. Quality standards are evaluated every 5 years to ensure alignment with the public agenda and state higher education priorities. The 2015-2020 cycle standards reflect current state priorities outlined in the 2015-2025 Higher Education Master Plan and guided by the Drive to 55 and continue to challenge institutions to promote the highest standards and strive for excellence. The Quality Assurance Funding handbook can be reviewed here.

 

2015-2020 Quality Assurance Funding

Points by Standard

Standard

University

I. Student Learning and Engagement

75

·         General Education Assessment

15

·         Major Field Assessment

15

·         Academic Programs (Program Review, Academic Audit, Accreditation)

25

·         Institutional Satisfaction Studies

10

·         Adult Learner Success

10

II. Student Access and Success

25

TOTAL

100

 

 

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