Outcomes-based funding


UWL will be receiving ~1.2 million dollars in new base-budget funding for the fiscal year 2018-2019 that is tied to specific outcome metrics. The 2017-19 UW System biennial budget included $26.25 million in new state funding specifically targeted for outcomes-based funding to be distributed to each institution. Under the newly created state law (Wis. Stats. §36.112), the Wisconsin Legislature established the following goals for the UW System:

  • Growing and ensuring student access;
  • Improving and excelling at student progress and completion;
  • Expanding contributions to the workforce; and
  • Enhancing operational efficiency and effectiveness.

For each goal, the statute required the Board of Regents to identify at least four metrics to measure an institution’s progress toward meeting the goal and the goals and metrics have been approved by the state.

Each metric is shown below with the corresponding operationalization.  Each category is weighted 25%; whereas, campuses have the opportunity to adjust the weighting of each of the four metrics within each category.  Although reviewed annually, the data for each metric is based on a 3-year average per each campus.  In addition, the data largely reflect information UWL already provides to system on an annual basis.

UWL’s timeline:

  • February 1: Submitted UWL’s weightings for each metric.
  • February – March: Campus discussions with governance and constituencies regarding outcomes-based expenditures - final endorsement by Joint Planning & Budget March 2018.
    • Expenditures must be tied directly to efforts to improve the university in terms of the metrics and should reflect campus priorities.
    • Individual metric percentages do not necessarily reflect campus priorities or where expenditure patterns will occur. Instead, they reflect the metrics where UWL would be most likely to see positive growth. Expenditures will be directly tied to the metrics on whole.
  • April, 2018:  State legislature’s Joint Finance Committee reviews approved the funding model and formulas.
  • October, 2018: Funding available to campuses based on July 1, 2018 start of fiscal year.
Grow and Ensure Student Access expanding section
  1. Wisconsin high school graduates enrolled as degree-seeking undergraduates
  2. Pell-eligible students enrolled as undergraduate students
  3. Underrepresented students enrolled as undergraduate students
  4. Transfer students enrolled as undergraduates
Measure Definition  UWL Proposed Weights (out of 25%)
Wisconsin Resident New Freshmen WI Resident (tuition basis) New Freshmen 7.00%
Pell Recipients  UG Pell Recipients 7.00%
Under-Represented Minority students UG URM students--African American, American Indian, Hispanic/Latino(a), and Southeast Asian alone or in combination with other race/ethnicities 9.00%
Transfer students UG degree-seeking New Transfer students 2.00%
Enhance Operational Efficiency and Effectiveness expanding section
  1. Core Expense Ratio
  2. Average number of credit hours required for an undergraduate degree
  3. Average student debt on baccalaureate graduation
  4. Degrees awarded per 100 FTE students
Measure Definition  UWL Proposed Weights (out of 25%)
Core Expense Ratio Spending on core functions relative to administrative functions*; IPEDS Finance 2.00%
Average Credit Hours Required for a bachelor degree Avg bachelor degree program credit requirements** expressed as a ratio with 120 as the numerator 9.00%
Average Student Debt on baccalaureate graduation Bachelor degree recipients cumulative debt expressed as a ratio with 10K as the numerator 5.00%
Degrees awarded per 100 FTE All Degrees Levels; Degree-seeking FTE (UWSA definition) 9.00%

*Spending on instruction, academic support, student services, research, public service, and scholarships divided by institutional support expenditures

**Sum of credit hours required for each bachelor program divided by the number of programs

Improve and Excel at Student Progress and Completion expanding section
  1. Undergraduates who have achieved 30 credit hours
  2. Undergraduates who have achieved 90 credit hours
  3. Undergraduate degrees awarded
  4. Post-baccalaureate degrees awarded
Measure Definition  UWL Proposed Weights (out of 25%)
Undergraduates who have achieved 30 credit hours UG degree-seeking students accumulating 30 credits (including transfer cr) 7.00%
Undergraduates who have achieved 90 credit hours UG degree-seeking students accumulating 90 credits (including transfer cr) 7.00%
Undergraduate degrees awarded  Associate and Bachelors degrees 8.00%
Post-baccalaureate degrees awarded Masters, PhD, Clinical/Prof-Doc 3.00%
Expand Contributions to the Workforce expanding section
  1. Graduates in STEM disciplines
  2. Graduates in health-related disciplines
  3. Pell-eligible graduates
  4. Research and public service expenditures
Measure Definition  UWL Proposed Weights (out of 25%)
Graduates in STEM disciplines All Degree Levels;  CIP Areas--  Agricultural Sciences (01.0308, 01.09, 01.10, 01.11, 01.12), Natural Resources and Conservation (03), Computer Science and Info Systems (11), Engineering (14), Engineering Technology (15), Life/Biological Science (26), Mathematics and Statistics (27), Physical Science (40), Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies (30.27) 7.00%
Graduates in health-related disciplines All Degree Levels; CIP Area-- Health (51) 9.00%
Pell-eligible students graduated Bachelor degree recipients who received a Pell grant at any UW prior to graduation 8.00%
Research and Public Service  Expenditures Research and Public Service expenditures; IPEDS Finance 1.00%