More students completing on time, getting jobs, earning above entry level pay
The state’s 2017-18 performance funding draft report shows Daytona State College has significantly moved the needle for student success – more students are finishing on time, finding employment or continuing their education, and earning wages above the region’s average entry level pay. The college came in above the midpoint of the Silver level and earned improvement points in all categories. The draft report, which presents Gold, Silver, Bronze and Purple levels, is on the agenda for approval by the State Board of Education (SBOE) at its July 17 meeting.
“It’s gratifying to see positive results from our plan to increase student success and advance the college in performance funding measures,” said Tom LoBasso, DSC president. “The Daytona State community devoted a great deal of time and hard work to implement strategic activities to help students reach their goals. I’m very proud of our dedicated faculty and staff whose efforts helped affect, most notably, student completion rates, retention and job placement.”
Across the state’s performance funding measures, DSC came in 2.70 points above the 31.74 average, at 34.44 on a 40-point scale, equal to 86 percent of points possible. The college also earned improvement points in all categories.
DSC’s improvement plan included faculty-student mentoring, a required Student Success Skills class, increased advising with time-to-graduation plans and early alerts for at-risk students.
For the 28 colleges in the Florida College System, the draft report shows 15 in the Silver category, seven in the Gold, six in Bronze and zero in Purple. The performance-based funding review included representation from the Council of Presidents, Division of Florida Colleges, Council of Instructional Affairs, Council of Student Affairs, Council of Business Officers and Institutional Researchers. The committee met via conference call throughout the year to discuss the measures and methodology related to the model.
For performance dollars, the college is projected to see $2,555,602, including restoration of base funding and new funding, subject to SBOE approval.