Key Performance Indicators - Overview

Each higher educational institution earns one-fifth of its available performance funding by meeting each of its Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) measures. The University's six performance funding measures include 1) the 24-hour completion rate; 2) the six-year graduation rate; 3) professional/occupational licensure; 4) the percentage of expenditures on the university’s core mission; 5) the number of graduates in STEM, healthcare, and other critical fields; and 6) student placement after graduation.

In addition to the State Performance Funding Measures, the university develops a long range plan that includes transparency in accountability as well as setting priorities and budgeting. There are six areas of focus in the 2016-21 Long Range Plan that include Academic Profile, Student Experience, Diversity and Inclusion, Globalization, Infrastructure, and Funding. Success in these areas is measured by the seven Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of Enrollment, Student Success, Quality of Student Learning, Graduate Outcomes, Faculty and Staff, Sustainability and Financial Efficiency, and Funding.

During the next five years, each unit of the university will develop the specific goals and tactics that will operationalize the plan, direct how the university will allocate its resources, identify which individuals or groups are accountable for implementation, and specify the measures by which the plan will be evaluated.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • State Performance Funding Measures
  • Each higher educational institution earns one-fifth of its available performance funding by meeting each of its Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) measures. SB 492 (2014) requires the addition of a sixth performance item “to measure student job placement in a field or position associated with the student’s degree level and pursuit of a graduate degree.” Fiscal year (FY) 2016 was a pilot year to assess the validity of the methodology for gathering the needed data and provide sufficient time to assess the need for — and make — necessary improvements. No funding will be allocated based on the sixth performance measure until FY 2019.
  • Enrollment
  • For national comparison purposes, the enrollment headcount is based on IPEDS submissions. Some of our student population is excluded from IPEDS submissions due to reporting guidelines. Students who are not counted in IPEDS are students exclusively auditing classes, enrolled at the English Language Institute (ELI), China Campus, and Study Away.

    Other Performance Indicators: Academic Profile; Student Experience; Diversity & Inclusion; Globalization
  • Student Success
  • Student success can be characterized as what students – whether traditional, nontraditional, or graduate students – expect for their investment of time and money. In other words, students make timely progress toward their degree, which can translate into lower student loan debt. This section provides retention rates, graduation rates, and credit hour completions during the first year.

    Other Performance Indicators: Academic Profile; Student Experience; Diversity & Inclusion; Globalization
  • Quality of Student Learning
  • The quality of student learning is related to MSU’s Public Affairs Mission and Assessing Student Learning. This includes a requirement for all undergraduate students who have completed 90 or more credit hours to complete the University Exit Exam prior to graduation.

    MSU’s Exit Exam consists of two parts. Part 1 is the Graduating Senior Survey, which all students take in common. Part 2 has two versions being divided evenly and randomly to the students.

    Other Performance Indicators: Academic Profile; Student Experience; Diversity & Inclusion; Globalization

    Data are updated each fall term
  • Graduate Outcome
  • Missouri State University graduates leave the university with many skills, experiences, and opportunities. The growing economy has identified needs in the areas of STEM, healthcare, and other critical fields. MSU strives to provide opportunities for students to fill gaps in these areas.

    Other Performance Indicators: Academic Profile; Student Experience;
  • Faculty and Staff
  • Faculty and staff are the heart of Missouri State University. Faculty inspire, advise and mentor students. Staff provide support services, an attractive and safe learning environment, and provide the business processes and customer services to meet the needs of students. Competitive salaries are one way that Missouri State recruits, retains, and rewards quality faculty and staff.

    Other Performance Indicators: Academic Profile; Diversity & Inclusion; Globalization

    Data are updated each spring
  • Sustainability and Financial Efficiency
  • MSU’s Facilities Management Mission is to provide a quality learning environment through effective facilities planning, service, maintenance, repair, and constructions. The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARSTM) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

    MSU applies for a new rating every four years. Our most recent “Silver” rating was received during fiscal year 2015.

    Other Performance Indicators: Infrastructure and Funding
  • Funding
  • Managing current resources is a top priority for Missouri State University. To achieve Missouri State’s mission and vision, it is essential to maintain a balance between educational and general expenditures

    Student Experience; Infrastructure; Funding .

    Data are updated each spring