Planning for Higher Education Journal

State Performance Reporting Indicators: What Do They Indicate?

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From Volume 31 Number 1 | September–November 2002
By Joseph C. Burke, Henrik Minassians, Po Yang

Performance reporting is now the preferred approach to state accountability for public higher education. This article analyzes the performance indicators used in 29 states; categorizes the 158 generic indicators by type, concern, policy value, and model of excellence; compares them to the measures used in performance funding; and notes where the reporting indicators track or trail current state policy issues. The authors suggest that indicators used in the statewide, system, and institutional performance reports are often uncoordinated and recommend that campus planners ensure that institutional reports include relevant data on department results that contribute to campus, system, and state success on critical indicators.

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