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SBHE Hears Accountability Measures Report, Begins Discussion of Outcomes-Based Funding

Posted on 3/1/2011

For Immediate Release:For More Information Contact:
March 1, 2011Debra A. Anderson, Director of Public Affairs and Marketing
North Dakota University System
Phone: 701.328.2962

SBHE Hears Accountability Measures Report, Begins Discussion of Outcomes-Based Funding

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota University System institutions provide access to high-quality, affordable higher education as demonstrated by the annual Accountability Measures Report established in state legislation as the primary tool for evaluating the system's success.

Presented at today's State Board of Higher Education meeting at Bismarck (N.D.) State College, the 2010 report reflects measurement expectations established in law in 2001 by the Legislative Assembly with input from the State Board of Higher Education and the Roundtable on Higher Education. The measures have been modified over time and now include 39 indicators of the University System's performance.

"The many measures reported on in this document demonstrate the University System's continued dedication to affordability, accessibility, fiscal responsibility, academic quality and responsiveness to the private sector," said Bill Goetz, NDUS chancellor. "In so many ways, the 2010 Accountability Measures Report reflects our commitment to the success of our students and our state."

"North Dakotans can be proud of our statewide system of public higher education," said Jon Backes, SBHE president. "The University System performs at a very high level, and the Accountability Measures Report provides a detailed perspective on the system's effectiveness. Third-party evaluators have said consistently over the past several years that North Dakota has one of the most productive state systems of higher education in the nation. This report provides the proof."

Highlights of the 2010 report follow, including numbers, titles and brief descriptions of several key accountability measures:

EE2 - Performance on Nationally Recognized Exams: NDUS college and university students meet or exceed the national average on most nationally recognized exams.

EE6 - Employer-Reported Satisfaction with Recent Graduates: Employers are, on average, very satisfied with the skills and knowledge they rated as very important.

EE4 - Student-Reported Satisfaction: NDUS colleges and universities are meeting student expectations in most areas.

ED4 - Research Expenditures: Research grew by 26 percent between FY 2006 and FY 2010 with $201.1 million in research expenditures in FY 2010.

AS2 - Affordability of Tuition and Fees to Lowest Income Families: In 2009, the percentage of median family income required to pay for college at NDUS research, four-year and two-year institutions was lower than the national averages.

FR6 - Operating and Contributed Income Ratio: In FY 2010, the NDUS generated 72 percent of its total revenues, either internally from fees for services or externally from gifts, grants and contracts.

ED3 - Workforce Training: In FY 2010, 1,510 businesses were served by TrainND, North Dakota's workforce training system, and 11,644 employees were trained.

ED5 - Workforce Training Satisfaction: Businesses reported a 99.2 percent FY 2010 workforce training satisfaction level. Employees who received training reported a 99 percent satisfaction level during the same time period.

To view the North Dakota University System's 2010 Accountability Measures Report, go to

Also, consistent with SBHE action in January 2010, the SBHE reviewed and discussed steps to consider for implementation of an outcomes-based funding component, including the importance of working with the executive and legislative branches to build a consensus on the measures. Outcomes-based funding rewards institutions for improvements in attaining specific goals, such as increasing student retention between the freshman and sophomore year of college or increasing the number of certificates and degrees awarded.

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