ERIC Number: ED319294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
State Incentive Funding: Leveraging Quality.
Briefings: Newsletter of the Forum for College and University Governance, Spr 1990
This newsletter summarizes the debate on the use of state-level initiatives as levers to effect fundamental changes in higher education. It provides several perspectives on the use of incentive/enhancement programs to achieve state higher education goals. The concept of budgetary leverage is outlined, and the growth in enhancement programs nationally is cited. Three main areas of enhancement funding programs are listed: categorical programs (funds are legislatively earmarked for specific purposes), competitive programs (institutions compete for funds according to program criteria), and incentive programs (matching funds or special funds are offered in return for achieving specific goals). Concerns about the process used to develop incentive program goals are discussed, including the lack of attention to fundamental budgetary needs, the need for faculty cooperation in program development, and the distribution and direction of the funds. Advantages and disadvantages of enhancement programs are noted, and four ingredients for a successful incentive program are identified. Tables present data on numbers of enhancement programs by major purpose and by state, and present data on state appropriations. Includes five references. (JDD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Center for Postsecondary Governance and Finance, College Park, MD.
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