USFSP Names Performance Funding Champions

A photo of USFSP's Performance Funding Champions, who will lead initiatives for BOG funding metrics. From left: Donna Knudsen, Patti Helton, David Everingham, Shari Schwartz, Cyndie Collins, Susan Toler, Andrew Konapelsky, Gary Patterson, and Jake Diaz.

USFSP’s Performance Funding Champions will lead initiatives for BOG funding metrics. From left: Donna Knudsen, Patti Helton, David Everingham, Shari Schwartz, Cyndie Collins, Susan Toler, Andrew Konapelsky, Gary Patterson, and Jake Diaz.

Fueled by its commitment to student success, USFSP has named nine members of its Strategic Enrollment Management work group as Performance Funding Champions. The faculty and administrators, who work in departments across campus, will lead a series of initiatives aimed at ensuring that USFSP meets its own strategic planning goals, while helping to ensure that the institution meets the benchmarks necessary to qualify for critical funding allocated by the Florida Board of Governors.

“BOG Performance Funding dollars are allocated based on how well we meet a set of 10 metrics,” said Sophia Wisniewska, regional chancellor of USFSP. “These metrics were developed to ensure that our state universities are graduating students in six years or less, and that our graduates are prepared to secure jobs that are in high demand in Florida.

The champions will lead new and existing initiatives to help ensure USFSP meets the follow 10 metrics:

  1. Percent of Bachelor’s Graduates Enrolled or Employed in the U.S. One Year After Graduation (Patti Helton)
  2. Median Wages of Bachelor’s Graduates Employed Full-Time One Year After Graduation (Patti Helton)
  3. Net Cost per Degree for Resident Undergraduates in 120-Hour Program (David Everingham)
  4. Six-year FTIC Graduation Rate (Full- and Part-time) (Shari Schwartz, Andrew Konapelsky, Susan Toler and Gary Patterson)
  5. Academic Progress Rate (2nd Year Retention with GPA above 2.0) (Cyndie Collins and Jake Diaz)
  6. Bachelor’s Degrees Within Programs of Strategic Emphasis (Susan Toler, Gary Patterson and Donna Knudsen)
  7. University Access Rate (Percent of Undergraduates with a Pell Grant) (data collection only)
  8. Graduate Degrees within Programs of Strategic Emphasis (Donna Knudsen)
  9. Percent of Bachelor Degrees Without Excess Hours (FL BOG Choice Metric) (Cyndie Collins)
  10. Number of Postdoctoral Appointees (USF System BOT Choice Metric) (data collection only)

“Student success is at the heart of all we do. It’s critical to our mission and, if we do this correctly, will result in additional funding for USFSP,” said Wisniewska. “This is significant work for us and I am grateful to all who are contributing to our success–and most importantly, to that of our students.”

Last year, the BOG allocated $500 million in performance funds to 11 state universities, including the USF System. For more information on Performance Funding in Florida, visit www.flbog.edu.