Performance-Based Funding and Student Success—Strategies for Aligning Mission and Finance


Higher education leaders find themselves under constant pressure to do more with less – more specifically, to enhance educational outcomes while controlling costs. This pressure is particularly acute in states with Performance-Based Funding (PBF) initiatives for public colleges and universities. Join us for a strategic discussion on aligning mission and finance featuring senior decision makers from leading public institutions and systems.

This complementary, one-hour webinar brings together a diverse panel of experts who will speak to the challenges and opportunities presented by PBF mechanisms. Participants will learn about specific strategies and tactics institutions are employing to respond to, or prepare for, a world with funding tied more closely to student outcomes.

Eager to start the discussion? Check out this article by our moderator, Catherine Parkay, 5 Insights from Leadership Discussions on Performance-Based Funding, for a preview of some of views we’ll discuss. Send your questions for the panelists to

The event is free, but please register in advance.


George McClellan

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Indiana University-Purdue Fort Wayne

Prior to joining the IPFW community, George McClellan served as Vice President for Student Development at Dickinson State University, Interim Director of Assessment and Research for Campus Life at the University of Arizona, and Director of Graduate and Off Campus Housing at Northwestern University. McClellan is an active scholar. He is co-editor of The Handbook for Student Affairs Administration (3rd ed.), The Handbook for College Athletics and Recreation Management, Stepping Up to Stepping Out: Preparing Students for Life After College, In Search of Safer Communities: Emerging Practices for Student Affairs in Addressing Campus Violence, Ahead of the Game: Understanding and Addressing Campus Gambling, and Serving Native American Students in Higher Education.


Kathy Johnson

Associate Chancellor for Undergraduate Education & Dean of University College, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Dr. Johnson is responsible for providing leadership to precollege, transition to higher education, and ongoing undergraduate academic support programs in University College and for providing campus-wide leadership related to undergraduate education. She currently is overseeing implementation of a transferable general education core at IUPUI, as well as providing guidance on the construction of degree maps to promote on-time graduation.


Tom Harnisch

Assistant Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis, The American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Thomas Harnisch joined AASCU in 2007 and currently serves as Assistant Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis. His responsibilities include writing and producing EdLines, a weekly digest of higher education state policy headlines; planning the Higher Education Government Relations Conference; developing the association’s annual Public Policy Agenda and providing public policy research support.