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Key Performance Measures

Goal 1: Academic Excellence

We will advance teaching excellence and innovation in the delivery of high-quality academic programs enriched by scholarship and service.

  • Percentage of faculty engaged in scholarship or creative productions
  • Percentage of students who successfully complete a subsequent course in the same discipline after taking one developmental course (math, English)
  • Percentage of MSU students scoring in top 25 percent nationally on New Teacher Excellence exam
  • Results from the NSSE Engagement Indicator of Academic Challenge, which includes higher-order learning, reflective and integrative learning, learning strategies and quantitative reasoning
  • Results from the NSSE Engagement Indicator of Experiences with Faculty, which includes student-faculty interaction and effective teaching practices


Goal 2: Student Success

 We will provide experiences that enrich academic, co-curricular and career goals.

  • Results from the NSSE Engagement Indicator of Learning with Peers, which includes collaborative learning and discussions with diverse others
  • Number of total degrees awarded
  • Number of bachelor’s degrees
  • Number of master’s degrees
  • Number of doctoral degrees
  • Number of STEM + H degrees
  • Number of credits to degree
  • Student satisfaction with residential experience, student life programming and services, co-curricular academic activities, etc.

 Goal 3: Productive Partnerships

 We will develop and sustain partnerships to benefit the people and communities within the MSU service region, Appalachia and beyond.

  • Number of P-12 students served by MSU outreach programs
  • Percentage of SCH online
  • Number of businesses participating in the career fair
  • Number of student-hours contributed annually in regional engagement activities
  • Number of services provided to the community


 Goal 4: Improved Infrastructure

We will develop and retain a diverse workforce and acquire and steward capital and fiscal resources.

  • Median faculty salary as percentage of CUPA median
  • Median staff salary as percent of market median
  • Results from the NSSE Campus environment theme, which includes quality of interactions and supportive environment
  • Number of diverse faculty and staff
  • Number of diverse faculty and staff retained
  • Total external research and development funding
  • Participation in professional development for faculty/staff
  • Operating dollars invested annually in capital renewal and maintenance


Goal 5: Resource Enhancement

We will raise, manage and steward private support and resources.

  • Total endowment amount
  • Percentage of alumni who contribute to the University annually
  • Private support from the MSU Foundation Inc. transferred to support MSU operating needs
  • Percent of employees participating in the Campus Giving Campaign


Goal 6: Enrollment, Retention and Graduation Rate Gains

We will recruit, retain and graduate a diverse student body.

Enrollment Growth:

  • Number of undergraduate students enrolled
  • Number of graduate students enrolled
  • Number of international students enrolled
  • Number of undergraduate underrepresented minority students enrolled
  • Number of graduate underrepresented minority students enrolled
  • Number of KCTCS transfer students enrolled (first-time transfer and number of students transferring credit in an academic year)
  • Number of underrepresented minority KCTCS transfer students enrolled
  • Total number of transfer students enrolled (number of first-time transfers in an academic year)

  • GRS Cohort: Retention rate of FTFR students cohort group
  • GRS Cohort: Retention rate of FTFR students admitted with developmental needs
  • GRS Cohort: Retention rate of FTFR students in low income group
  • GRS Cohort: Retention rate of underrepresented FTFR students
  • GRS Cohort: Retention from 2nd to 3rd year (include URM)
  • GRS Cohort: Retention from 3rd to 4th year (include URM)
  • Net direct cost
  • Average ACT score of incoming freshmen

Graduation Rates:
  • 4, 5 and 6-year graduation rate of bachelor’s degree seeking students
  • Graduation rate for associate degree-seeking students
  • Bachelor’s graduation rate gap - low income
  • Bachelor’s graduation rate gap - underprepared
  • Bachelor’s graduation rate gap - underrepresented minority