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Performance Improvement Funding (2nd_ed)

Performance Improvement Funding (2nd_ed)



The Commission on Higher Education awards Performance Improvement Funding toinstitutions or groups of institutions annually, funding permitting, for the purposes ofproviding additional support for improving performance on performance funding indicators.Funds are awarded in response to proposals submitted by institutions. Proposals may befunded in whole or in part. Funding awarded in July 1999 will be for the period July 1999through August 2000.


General Guidelines

  • Institutions that score in the 'Achieve,' 'Does Not Achieve,' or 'Substantially Does Not Achieve' categories are eligible to apply.
  • Proposals must address one or more specific indicators on which the institution's performance was rated 'Does Not Achieve.' (Exceptions may be considered if the institution produces a compelling rationale concerning need on an indicator on which it was rated 'Achieve.')
  • Since performance improvement funding is awarded for one year, the activity must either be completed within the allocated time frame or the institution must commit to continue the activity through its own funds.
  • Proposals may be from one institution or from two or more institutions in a joint project. (The fiscal agent for joint projects must be identified in the proposal.)
  • Proposals must include a budget page and a detailed description of how the success of the activity will be measured.


  • Preference may be given to institutions with lower overall numeric score within their sector.
  • Preference will be given to proposals that address one or more indicators on which the institution has received a score of '1.'
  • Preference will be given to proposals which have not previously been funded through performance improvement funding, although exceptions may be considered if a specific justification for continued funding is provided and an evaluation of the success of the previously funded activities accompanies the proposal.
  • Preference will be given to proposals that indicate the institution's commitment, through matching funds and other resources, to contribute to the proposed activities and to sustain them beyond the life of the performance improvement funding.
  • Performance Improvement Funding will not be awarded for faculty salaries, overhead costs, or activities which the institution has been funded from other sources.


  • Proposals are limited to one per institution.
  • Proposals should be submitted with a cover page, a 50 word summary, a narrative of no more than 1,000 words, and a budget page which indicates expenditures from performance improvement funding and from matching funding from the institution.
  • Proposals should specifically indicate the action the institution plans to take with the support of performance improvement funding and the intended measurable outcomes of those actions.
  • Proposals should indicate how the success of the proposed activities will be evaluated. (Evaluation reports will be submitted to the Commission on Higher Education at the end of the funded activities.)


    • Proposals should be received by the Commission on Higher Education, no later than the end of the day on May 19, 1999. The following address and fax number should be used in submitting proposals:
    Performance Improvement Funding
    S. C. Commission on Higher Education
    1333 Main Street, Suite 200
    Columbia, South Carolina 29201
    FAX: (803) 737-2297
    • The Planning and Assessment Committee will consider proposals on June 22, 1999; the Commission on July 8, 1999 will consider the Committee's recommendations.
    • Following action by the Commission, funds will be available to those institutions whose proposals have been approved in response to requests from those institutions. Requests for transfer of funds should be addressed as indicated in Item 1 above.