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Quality Assurance Funding

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

Historical Performance Funding Final Points Summary

THEC Master Plan 2015-2025

Performance Funding Subpopulations
There are five student subpopulations that JSCC will be evaluated on over the five-year performance funding cycle.  JSCC is scored based on the completion of these students as compared to the three prior years (three-year average).

These five populations are:

  • African-Americans
  • Males
  • Health Program Students
  • Low-Income Students
  • Veterans