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Critical Success Factor 1_98

Critical Success Factor 1_98

Critical Success Factor: (1 ) MISSION FOCUS
Performance Indicator: (1A) EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS TO ACHIEVE INSTITUTIONAL MISSION Measure: The institution will select from among the following eight categories the area in which it wants to show movement (Quantifiable) over time. Percent of instruction, research, public service, academic support, student services, institutional support, operation and maintenance of plant, scholarships and fellowships expenditures compared to total educational and general (E&G) expenditures (excluding funds transfers).

Example: Instruction expenditures     -   total E&G expenditures

Directional Arrow: Proposed by institution

Definition: Expenditures include restricted and unrestricted funds for the research universities (USC-Columbia, Clemson, and (Define Terms) MUSC); unrestricted expenditures for all other four-year and two-year institutions; and exclude fund transfers for all institutions.

'Movement over time', in most cases, means a minimum of three years commitment to the chosen ratio.

Method of Reporting:  Computed from annual Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Finance Survey, National Center for Education Statistics US Dept. of Education

Performance Indicator: (1B) CURRICULA OFFERED TO ACHIEVE MISSION Measure: Using the institution's most recently approved mission statement, curricula offered to achieve that mission will be measured as the percentage of degree programs which:

1) are appropriate to the degree-level authorized for the institution in Act 359 of 1996

2) support the institution's goal, purpose, and objectives as defined in its approved mission statement.

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Definition: Degree programs approved by the Commission on Higher Education and listed in the Inventory of Academic Programs.

Method of Reporting: Evaluation by CHE of programs from Inventory of Academic Programs against CHE approved mission statements. These include four year plus institutions; associate degrees; master degrees, specialists and doctoral degrees. Institutional Reports .

NOTE: For further review for Year 4, FY 1999-2000,

- meet baseline CHE-approved productivity standards with respect to student enrollment, degrees awarded, and student placements;

- have achieved a recognized standard of excellence as denoted through instruments such as CHE Commendations of Excellence; ratings or rankings recognized by discipline-based groups; other awards and honors which testify to the program's regional and national reputation which can be quantified.

Performance Indicator: (1C) APPROVAL OF A MISSION STATEMENT Measure: Mission statement with defined characteristics will be approved by Commission on Higher Education on a five year cycle.

This is a Yes/No measure.

Definition: The defined characteristics of a mission statement:
1) must relate the mission of the institution to the state and sector missions as stated in Act 359;
2) must address, as appropriate, the major functions of teaching, scholarship/research and service*;
3) must address the size of the institution in general terms and 4) must address the following:

a) pertinent description information (e.g., public/private, two-year/four-year, university, rural/suburban/urban, etc.;

b) delineation of the geographic region for which the institution intends to provide services

c) description of types of students which the institution hopes to attract, of accompanied by statements about the types of occupations or endeavors which graduates will be prepared to undertake;

d) statements expressing essential beliefs, values or intent of the institution;

e) outline of the major functions of the institution (e.g., general education, developmental education, vocational and technical education, professional education, student development, community or public service, research, continuing education, etc;

f) general description of the skills, knowledge, experiences, and attitudes ideally to be acquired or developed by the institution’s students

g) be approved by appropriate bodies, e.g., boards of trustees, state boards, etc.

*Service is defined as a) service to the public including community service, b) service to other institutions, agencies, etc., c) service to the discipline, and d) service to the institution

Method of Reporting: Approved by the Commission on Higher Education on a five year cycle and submitted as part of the annual strategic planning report update.
Performance Indicator: (1D) ADOPTION OF A STRATEGIC PLAN TO SUPPORT THE MISSION STATEMENT Measure: Strategic planning report with defined characteristics, based on the institution’s adopted strategic plan, will be approved by the Commission on Higher Education based on: 1) whether or not it addresses the required elements and 2) whether or not it supports the mission statement of the institution.

This is a Yes/No measure.

Definition: As part of a strategic planning report the defined characteristics will include the 37 indicators addressed as goal statements with the method of measurement, the measurements used and the time line required for each clearly stated, as well as a short description of major goals in any one or more of the following areas a) academic program and instruction, b) staffing (academic or administrative), c) support services (library, institutional, administrative), d) student services, e) finance/budget, f) facilities, g) research or h) public service. The goals for each area should be clearly labeled and the required actions and time line to meet the goal(s) should be explained. In addition a table with full-time equivalent and headcount enrollment projections identified by IPEDS definitions of undergraduate, first professional, and graduate students (as appropriate) for the up-coming fall semester and four subsequent fall semesters. If an institution is planning on a substantial increase or decrease in enrollment per year, an explanation should be given.

Method of Reporting: Annual submission by the institution.

Note: These enrollment projections for the up-coming fall semester for the research and teaching university sectors will be used in the Commission on Higher Education’s determination of 'institutional need' as calculated by the Mission Resource Requirement Model.
Performance Indicator: (1E) ATTAINMENT OF GOALS OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN Measure: The institution’s meeting, or making acceptable progress toward, the goals as outlined in the Institutional Planning Report, excluding the benchmarks and targets required by Act 359.This is a Yes/No measure.
Definition: Institutional Planning Report: Required of institution’s by Act 629Method of Reporting: Annual submission to the Commission on Higher Education.