The University of Central Florida has shown progress in eight of 10 performance targets set by the state for performance-based funding, a new report shows.

The university’s Annual Accountability Report, approved by the UCF Board of Trustees Wednesday morning, indicates UCF saw recent improvements in areas ranging from the percentage of graduate students enrolled in degree programs the state has identified as strategic to the median wages earned by graduates who landed full-time jobs.

“In this report you see our quality is continuing to increase,” UCF Provost A. Dale Whittaker told the board.

There were two areas in which things were not improving. There was no change in the percentage of graduates finding full-time work or going on to graduate degree programs. And the cost of a UCF undergraduate degree increased almost 8 percent, though Board Chairman Marcos Marcheno said that increase “did not equate to an increase in tuition or fees.”

The board unanimously approved the report, which is due to the Florida Board of Governors  for state university comparisons.

The report showed the median pay of fresh graduates in full-time jobs was $36,200 for the year measured, 2013-14. That was up from $34,900 the year before. Another significant improvement: the percentage of graduate degrees that were awarded within programs of strategic emphasis, such as math, science, engineering and health, increased 4 percent to to about 62 percent. The number of bachelor’s degrees was up 2 percent to 12,692 for last year.

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