SCHEV Approves Performance Measures for Colleges

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

Last week, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) approved 14 statewide performance measures for all four-year colleges and universities in Virginia. These measures will be used in the 2001 Reports of Institutional Effectiveness. Focusing on two areas of institutional effectiveness–academic quality and operational efficiency–the performance measures, according to state officials, will be complemented by institution-specific measures, which have yet to be determined.

“The Reports of Institutional Effectiveness will be useful tools that help the commonwealth better understand what the institutions are doing with the billions of public dollars annually invested in them,” says SCHEV chairman John Padgett.

The 14 measures approved by SCHEV are

  • average time-to-degree for undergraduate degrees;

  • classroom and laboratory space utilization;
  • dollars spent on instruction, libraries, and academic computing;
  • first-year retention rate;
  • number of transfer students from two-year colleges;
  • percentage of courses by course level with fewer than 20 students, and percentage of courses by course level with more than 50 students;
  • percentage of living alumni that contributes to an institution in a given year;
  • percentage of lower-division student registration or student credit hours in courses taught by full-time faculty members;
  • percentage of management standards met;
  • percentage of programs eligible for specialized/professional accreditation that holds such accreditation;
  • debt service to revenue ratio;
  • six-year graduation rate for first-time full-time freshmen at four-year institutions;
  • total research and public service expenditures per full-time faculty member; and
  • total credit hours per full-time-equivalent faculty member.

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