Performance Funding


In 2016, the RI General Assembly passed the “Performance Incentive Funding Act” (RIGL §16-106), which was designed to promote alignment between the state’s priorities for higher education and institutional policy and practice. As approved in June 2018, the Performance Funding Policies and Procedures established the processes for the Commissioner of Postsecondary Education to evaluate institutional performance in consultation with the institution’s President and the Council. 


Guiding Principles

The Performance Funding Policies and Procedures include the following principles to guide implementation:

  • Performance funding should incent, recognize, demonstrably reward institutions’ progress, and support institutional efforts toward continuous improvement.
  • Performance metrics should recognize and support the distinct and unique purpose, role, scope, and mission of each institution, as well as the broader value of higher education in bettering society and promoting overall prosperity.
  • Performance metrics should advance equity and diversity and help to close equity gaps in student access, persistence, and success.
  • Performance metrics should be transparent, substantive, and measurable, and uphold high academic standards relative to institutional missions.
  • The evaluation of institutional performance should be consistent, equitable, and transparent.


Annual Performance Funding Evaluations

During the FY 2018 budget cycle, the Council on Postsecondary Education approved performance funding metrics for each institution in the categories of graduation/ completion, workforce development, and mission-specific initiatives, including those named in statute (CCRI, RIC and URI). On an annual basis, the Commissioner of Postsecondary Education conducts an evaluation of institutional performance funding reports and makes a determination of whether performance has been achieved for each category and metric. If an institution shows continuous improvement and is on-track to meet its four-year target (for metrics named in statute), then “performance is achieved.” If “performance is not achieved,” then the evaluation will include recommendations for improving performance and redirecting funds for that purpose. For more information, see Performance Funding Policies and Procedures.


Performance Funding by Institution 

Community College of Rhode Island