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SECTION II - Performance Indicators (2nd_ed)

SECTION II - Performance Indicators (2nd_ed)

Section II: Performance Indicators, A Guide toMeasurement
  • General Definitions/Explanatory Notes for All Indicators
  • Benchmarked Indicators
    are performance indicators for which institutions determine and the Commission approves a goal-level of performance to be achieved in a performance year.

    CHE is the Commission on Higher Education (as established by §59-103-10, et seq., of the SC Code of Laws, 1976, as amended), a fourteen-member coordinating board which oversees thirty-three public institutions of higher education in the State of South Carolina.

    CHEMIS is the Commission on Higher Education Management Information System which is the centralized state data base maintained by the Commission on all the colleges and universities in the state. It contains IPEDS data as well as additional data required either by state law or Commission policy.

    CIP CODE is the designation for the assigned classification of instructional program

    CRITERION-REFERENCED INDICATORS are performance indicators for which standards of achievement have been set by the Commission on Higher Education for the purposes of rating institutions’ performance.

    CUPA is the College and University Personnel Association. CUPA data is used in Performance Funding primarily for faculty salary data.

    E&G EXPENDITURES is the total funds spent for educational and general expenses in a given fiscal year (July 1 of one year to June 30 of the next year).

    EXPECTED TREND is the identified direction or movement that should be exhibited in demonstrating successful performance on an indicator.

    FTE means Full-Time Equivalent.

    HEADCOUNT refers to total of full- and part-time students.

    INSTITUTIONAL BENCHMARK is an annual goal which an individual institution has proposed, subject to approval by the Commission on Higher Education, and strives to meet or exceed.

    INVENTORY OF ACADEMIC PROGRAMS is the compilation of all programs approved by the Commission on Higher Education, which are offered as degree programs in South Carolina's colleges and universities. These include all graduate degrees (masters, specialist and doctoral and undergraduate degrees (baccalaureate and associates).

    IPEDS is the Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System. It is the core postsecondary education data collection program in the U. S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). It is a single comprehensive data collection system developed to encompass all institutions and organizations whose primary purpose is to provide post-secondary education. The IPEDS system is built around a series of interrelated surveys to collect institution-level data in such areas as enrollment, program completions, faculty, staff, finance, and libraries.

    PERFORMANCE YEAR is the year in which goals are set and institutions are rated on the goals set. The final rating determination in a performance year impacts an institution’s funding for the upcoming fiscal year. For example, the Performance Year 1999-2000 encompasses benchmarking of performance goals for 1999-2000 in Spring 1999 and the rating of the achievement of the goals in Spring 2000 with the outcome impacting an institution’s funding for fiscal year 2000-2001.

    RESTRICTED FUNDS are monies that are expendable only for those purposes stipulated by the donor.

    SACS means the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which is the accrediting body for an entire postsecondary institution located in the Southeast Region. This national accrediting body is recognized as the Regional accrediting body by the Unites States Department of Education.

    SACS CRITERIA means those guidelines in the 1996 Criteria for Accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is a list of rules and regulations, which governs whether or not a postsecondary institution will receive SACS accreditation. Accreditation or re-accreditation for a postsecondary institution is granted for a 10 year basis but can be for less as determined by SACS.

    SECTOR refers to the four types of public higher education institutions as identified in Section 59-103-15 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, 1976, as amended. The four types of institutions identified are (1) Research institutions, (2) Four-year colleges and universities, (3) Two-year institutions, and (4) State technical and comprehensive education system. Research, Teaching, Regional, and Technical refer to the four sectors, respectively, as outlined above. The Research Sector includes: Clemson University; the University of South Carolina, Columbia; and the Medical University of South Carolina. The Teaching Sector includes: the Citadel; Coastal Carolina University; the College of Charleston; Francis Marion University; Lander University; South Carolina State University; the University of South Carolina, Aiken; the University of South Carolina, Spartanburg; and Winthrop University. The Regional Sector includes the five branch campuses of the University of South Carolina (Beaufort, Lancaster, Salkahatchie, Sumter, and Union). The State technical and comprehensive education system includes the 16 technical colleges of South Carolina (Aiken, Central Carolina, Chesterfield-Marlboro, Denmark, Florence-Darlington, Greenville, Horry-Georgetown, Midlands, Orangeburg-Calhoun, Piedmont, Spartanburg, Technical College of the Low Country, Tri-County, Trident, Williamsburg, and York).

    SECTOR BENCHMARK refers to goal(s) which institutions in a particular sector strive to move toward, meet, or exceed over a period of years. Sector Benchmarks are determined and approved by the Commission.

    UNRESTRICTED FUNDS include monies available for any purpose and do not include auxiliary enterprises.


  • Guide to the 37 Performance Indicators
  • Indicators are identified in order of Critical Success Factor and Indicator Number. For each indicator, the first line identifies the Critical Success Factor by number and name and the second line identifies the indicator by number and title. Generally, performance indicators are numbered by the critical success factor followed by a letter indicating the performance indicator. For example, as outlined on the following pages, you will see:

      • Mission Focus
    • (1A) Expenditure of Funds to Achieve Institutional Mission
    • 'Mission Focus' is the first critical success factor and '1A' is the first indicator measured under that critical success factor. Numbering for measurement subparts are included within the measurement definition.
    • Following identification of an indicator by its critical success factor and title, the information below is provided in the following order:
    Measure: Measurement Definition

    Definitions/ Related measurement information including information

    Explanatory Notes: regarding how performance is calculated and terminology

    specific to the indicator.

    Major Data Source: Indicates the source of data for the measured information.

    Applicable to: Indicates which institutions are measured. Type Indicator: Indicates whether the measure is benchmarked or criterion-referenced.

    Expected Trend: Indicates the expected direction of movement or scale for criterion-referenced measures.

    Sector Benchmark: Indicates standards that have been set by sector as applicable. Notes: Space provided for individual note taking regarding indicators. Notes related to revision of indicators effective with the performance year 1999-00 are also indicated here.