S.D. Board of Regents adopt performance funding model

The South Dakota Board of Regents has adopted a framework for a performance funding model that rewards public universities for their success in producing college graduates.

The model adopted Thursday will allocate $3 million in one-time funding from this year's South Dakota Legislature, to be matched with a like amount from the six public universities' base budgets. The model will be piloted in the coming fiscal year, starting July 1.

 "This is being rolled out using one-time funding that the Legislature appropriated this year to the public university system," said Regents President Kathryn Johnson. "More importantly, we believe our performance funding model holds promise as a component in future funding allocations."

Use of the model beyond the pilot year implementation is subject to future regents' action, depending on availability of matching funds, legislative funding support and workforce priorities.

Performance funds will be distributed based on three years of cumulative data on graduate production. A weighted point system gives more weight to completers at higher degree levels and also to completers who earn degrees in high-priority workforce development fields.

Warner said the board wanted to develop a model that emphasized production of graduates, because public university students tend to remain in South Dakota after graduation and that underscores the direct economic benefits arising from increased degree production.

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