The Tennessee Higher Education Commission's Quality Assurance Funding (formerly Performance Funding) program has been in operation for over thirty years. It is nationally recognized as a successful statewide supplemental funding incentive to encourage continuous improvement of programs and services. All public universities and community colleges have been able to earn additional funds (up to 5.45% of the institution's state funding) on the basis of quality improvement as measured by a common set of indicators.
The incentive has encouraged institutions to build a comprehensive evaluation systems whereby they can reliably measure student learning. The Performance Funding Program serves as an accountability instrument for each five-year Master Plan and tracks measures the Commission is statutorily required to report annually to the Tennessee Genearl Assembly. For the 2015-2020 cycle, institutions will focus on two quality standards: Quality of Student Learning and Quality of Student Support Services.
See more at THEC Quality Assurance Funding