Colleges rewarded for outcomes, but which ones?


During the regular session, Gov. Rick Perry’s top legislative priority for higher education was the implementation of a financing system that rewards universities for graduating more students, not just for getting students into classes, reports the Texas Tribune. To reach its 2015 goals, Texas needs to increase the number of degrees awarded by 46,000 each year. A financing system that includes more “outcomes-based funding” has strong support, including that of Raymund Paredes, the Texas higher-education commissioner, and business leaders like Woody Hunt. But policy makers cannot agree on what outcomes to measure and how to encourage them…

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