The Master Plan Committee meets every five years in conjunction with the Tennessee higher education master planning cycle. The committee will form goals and success metrics for the state system of higher education for the next five years.
The Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010 includes a provision for an outcomes-based funding formula model. THEC, in conjunction with UT, TBR and state government representatives, will develop the model to be used for the 2011-12 budget cycle. The Formula Review Committee (FRC) will recommend changes to the calculations and design of the formula model that reflect the new Master Plan. The funding formula should provide incentives to institutions that reinforce the policy objectives of the Master Plan.
Performance Funding is designed to stimulate instructional improvement and student learning as institutions carry out their respective missions. Performance Funding is an incentive for meritorious institutional performance and provides a means of assessing the progress of public funded higher education. The Performance Funding Advisory Committee will evaluate the current Performance Funding standards and recommend new standards for the 2010-15 cycle. The 2010-15 cycle will represent the seventh cycle since the performance funding program was initiated in 1979. The Advisory Committee is composed of institutional and governing board staff.
The objective of the Academic Affairs Master Plan Committee is to recommend Master Plan statewide Quality and Productivity process goals and measures that will address: (1) legislated requirements and (2) other public policy agendas that promote quality of instructional programs and services and student success.
MOA-TN is focused on increasing the productivity of state higher education systems -- specifically, increasing the number of degrees and certificates produced within available resources. Even if Tennessee were to reach the best performing states in the performance of the traditional age population, degree attainment goals will not be reached. It is only through enrolling and graduating more adult students that the state can meet such goals. To that end, MOA-TN will incorporate an Adult Strategies Group to recommend a comprehensive set of integrated strategies to address the needs of adult students.