Scherrens Presents IPA Overview to BOV

Posted: September 28, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Senior vice president Maurice Scherrens presented an executive overview of the university’s proposed institutional performance agreement (IPA) to the Board of Visitors (BOV) yesterday. The agreement, if approved, is for six years.

The governor’s office notified the university on July 27 that it was one of five Virginia universities selected to submit an institutional performance agreement. These initial agreements will serve as models for development of similar agreements by other Virginia institutions.

The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education recommended the development of performance agreements in February. An IPA provides an institution with a multi-year funding commitment and enhanced managerial autonomy in return for

agreed-upon performance standards addressing academic quality and operational

efficiency.

Each university will develop an agreement proposal identifying specific institutional goals as well as performance measures to indicate whether they will have met their goals. Provided the state agrees to the proposal, state funding will then be tied to how well each institution performs on the measures it has set for itself.

George Mason’s draft agreement identifies nine institutional initiatives:

  1. Equip all students to succeed in the information age.

  2. Build strong graduate programs.
  3. Strengthen science education and research.
  4. Educate technologically literate students.
  5. Expand policy research and education.
  6. Meet the educational needs of the growing region.
  7. Integrate students’ academic/experiential life.
  8. Leverage all resources effectively.
  9. Enhance excellence through private giving.

The draft presented yesterday proposes 18 performance measures divided evenly in three categories: academic focus, student focus, and financial/operational. Most of the discussion during the hour-and-a-half working session centered on the performance measures.

The deadline for submitting the report is Oct. 5. The university and the state then have until Nov. 30 to negotiate the proposed agreement.

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