Think, Know, Prove: Final KPI Entry

Think, Know, Prove is a regular Saturday feature, where a topic with both mystery and importance is posted for community discussion. The title is a shortened version of the Investigative Mantra: What do we think, what do we know, what can we prove? and everything from wild speculation to resource referencing fact is welcome here.

Ok, so I’ve been a total failure at fulfilling my original plan and getting something written about Performance Based Funding (at least in part because I’ve been dragging my feet on reading the actual law), but I remain optimistic that it will happen next week. In the meantime, I’ve written about Key Performance Indicators twice (here and here) and found some interesting reading elsewhere on the topic that I thought I’d share.

First, there was this piece from Inside Higher Ed in which the author makes six suggestions in the hopes of informing the “new set of national metrics for assessing student performance at two-year institutions” under development by the Feds.

The six recommendations are:

Completion Rates for Community Colleges Should Include Transfers to Baccalaureate Institutions.

Completion Rate Calculations Should Exclude Students Not Seeking Degrees.

Recognize that Community College Students Who Start Full-time Typically Do Not Remain Full-time.

Extend the Time for Assessing Completion to at least Six Years.

When Comparing Completion Rates, Compare Institutions with Similar Students.

Support Hopeful Signs at the Federal Level.

Their justifications are just as important and interesting as the suggestions themselves. It is a piece well worth reading.

The other one is an article about what colleges can learn from Moneyball. I thought it was interesting, anyway, and less scattered than my attempts on the same topic (see links above).

So, with all of that in your heads and maybe some additional knowledge about what is the current state of KPI development (ongoing at the FC4 level, in coordination with local administrations (looking at you Metoyer) and district office): What do you think? What do you know? What can you prove?