GRAMBLING, La (GSU News Release) - Grambling State University (GSU) passed the Louisiana Granting Resources and Autonomy for Resources for Diplomas (GRAD) Act a second time with a score of 100 percent in all four standards for FY 2014/2015 (Year 5) and FY 2015/2016 (Year 6).
Grambling State University is monitored annually by the Board of Regents in regards to our progress in meeting the performance objectives of the Louisiana Granting Resources and Autonomy for Resources for Diplomas Act (LA Grad Act) for Year 6. “We are proud that our institution was able to achieve successful attainment of the student success objective to retain tuition authority and performance funding”, said Patricia J. Hutcherson, Executive Director of Enrollment Management/University Registrar.
Hutcherson explains that the GRAD Act became law in 2010. It gives higher education institutions increased autonomy and tuition flexibility in exchange for their commitment to statewide performance goals. The four standards are Student Success, Articulation and Transfer, Workforce and Economic Development, and Institutional Efficiency and Accountability. Passage of a performance objective requires a minimum overall score of 80%. Year 6 marks the final year of the GRAD Act performance accountability process and related legislative data audits.
In 2010, the Louisiana Legislature enacted the GRAD Act, which provides for six-year performance agreements between the Louisiana Board of Regents and Louisiana public postsecondary education systems and institutions with the goal of increasing accountability and performance among the participating institutions in exchange for increased tuition authority and operational autonomies.
The GRAD Act requires the Louisiana Board of Regents to annually review, monitor and report to the legislature and the governor each participating institution’s progress in meeting the four performance objectives of the GRAD Act.
Dr. Janet A. Guyden, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs explains that the 100 percent pass rate lays a strong foundation of information that documents outcomes in key areas such as admissions, cohort baseline data, retention from first to second year and beyond, progression to upper division areas, and graduation rates. The LA GRAD Act information captures best practices for higher education institutions, like Grambling State, that speak to their viability and documents outcomes that support institutional goals and objectives. The LA GRAD Act has ended but the template of information is valuable and can be used as a baseline into our future.