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ERIC Number: EJ956031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov-30
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1068-2341
Impact of Performance-Funding on Retention and Graduation Rates
Sanford, Thomas; Hunter, James M.
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v19 n33 Nov 2011
As the architect of the oldest and most stable performance-funding program, Tennessee provides a unique opportunity to analyze the impact of changes in performance-funding policies on changes in institutional retention and six-year graduation rates over time. Utilizing spline linear mixed models, this study examines the impact of changes in Tennessee's performance-funding policies on retention and six-year graduation rates at public four-year institutions from 1995-2009. The results show tying retention and graduation rates to performance-funding was unrelated to changes in the performance measures over the fifteen year period examined. Additionally, the doubling of the monetary incentive associated with the retention and six-year graduation rate measures in 2005 was not associated with increases in retention rates. These results suggest that at their current funding levels, states' adoption of performance-funding programs, such as the one in Tennessee, may be insufficient to incentivize changes in institutional outcomes as desired by state leaders. (Contains 8 tables and 1 footnote.)
Colleges of Education at Arizona State University and the University of South Florida. c/o Editor, USF EDU162, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620-5650. Tel: 813-974-3400; Fax: 813-974-3826; Web site: http://epaa.asu.edu
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Tennessee