Helena College by the Numbers
Helena College's share of the $15 million Montana University System Performance-Based Funding allocation for FY 2019. Each of the state's 12 institutions is eligible to receive funding based on their average share of statewide resident FTE over the past three fiscal years. Our share is currently 3.3% of the total. This is the same as last year, though our share has decreased slightly from 3.5% in fiscal years 2016-2017 due to declining enrollment. The amount of funding is determined by calculating an index score from a set of performance metrics based on institution type (flagships, 4-year regionals, 2-year colleges). Since full implementation in 2015, Helena College has achieved the minimum index score necessary to receive 100% of our allocated funding every year.

There is plenty to debate about the merits of performed-based funding, and it is impossible to define student achievement and institutional success fully by a handful of metrics. Regardless the good news is that because of your hard work, Santa (or at least his elves at OCHE) is bringing us additional funding next year that amounts to about 5% of our operating budget. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all in the campus community, and thanks for all that you do to serve students and achieve Helena College's mission!

So here's how we did last year:

The percentage of first-time, full and part-time freshman and transfer students returning for a second year of fall enrollment at any campus in the Montana University System (for our own purposes we only measure those students who persist at our campus). The MUS awards bonus points for retention of under-represented or at-risk students, which includes non-traditional, Native American, Pell grant, and Veteran students. Our current retention rate for these students is 62%, a 5% improvement over last year.
Benchmark: 58%               Trend: 0%             Peer Rank: 3
The annual number of undergraduate degrees and certificates awarded including two-year degrees (AA/AS/AAS), as well as one-year certificates (CAS) and less than one-year certificates. Note this metric represents total credentials awarded, not the individual students receiving them. Bonus points are also awarded for credentials awarded to under-represented or at-risk students as identified previously. Our current annual count of credentials awarded to these students is 359 (each subgroup is added to reach the sum), a 5% decline from last year.
Benchmark: 250                 Trend: +1%          Peer Rank: 3
The annual number of high school students enrolled in at least one college class, calculated by adding unduplicated headcount enrollment from fall and spring semesters. Changes in the way dual-credit courses were delivered at partner high schools in 2013-14 are currently inflating the trend data. Over the past two years, dual enrollment has only grown by 3%.
Benchmark: 551                 Trend: +74%        Peer Rank: 2
The number of first-time freshmen enrolling in at least one developmental writing or math course during their first academic year and continuing on to successfully complete a college level writing or math course within two academic years from any campus within the Montana University System. The current individual success rates for math and writing are 45% and 64% respectively.
  Benchmark: 44%               Trend: +18%        Peer Rank: 1
A progression metric representing the number of first-time, full-time students completing 24 or more credit hours within their first academic year (currently 58%), and first-time, part-time students completing 12 or more credit hours within their first academic year (currently 45%). Credit accumulation generally serves as a good indicator that students will retain and complete their educational objective.
 Benchmark: 52%              Trend: +2%       Peer Rank: 3
Current Performance: The highlighted metric represents the latest available data (FY17)
Benchmark or Target: Calculated using an average of the last three years of data (FY14-16)
Trend: Change in the metric over the past 3 years
Peer Rank Our current ranking for the performance metric among all of the MUS two-year colleges (1-6).   
Note: For scoring and funding purposes no peer comparisons are made-we only compete against ourselves.
Helena College by the Numbers is brought to you by the Office of Institutional Research. The purpose of this newsletter is to highlight selected data points with some brief analysis to show how institutional data informs decision-making, measures progress on goals, and demonstrates student success. Comments, suggestions and/or questions are welcome and encouraged. If you have an interesting Helena College statistic to share, pass it along to michael.brown@HelenaCollege.edu.