ERIC Number: ED418652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Transition from Business as Usual to Funding for Results: State Efforts To Integrate Performance Measures in the Higher Education Budgetary Process.
Albright, Brenda Norman
This report describes a 1997 survey which examined performance funding in higher education and offers guidelines for states' and institutions' explorations of performance-based funding. Among highlights of the survey are: 32 states are planning or using performance measures in the state budget process; legislatively mandated initiatives are growing in number and scope; and most states report that it is too early to assess the impact of performance measures on institutional behavior. Advantages and areas of concern are also noted. Seven common processes in performance funding systems are identified: (1) determining the vision and overall purpose; (2) selecting goals and determining their relative weight; (3) adopting performance measures for institutional achievement of adopted goals; (4) collecting information about each measure; (5) allocating resources; (6) evaluating and adjusting the processes and goals; and (7) communicating performance results to various audiences. The report closes with 12 recommended principles in decisions about performance-based funding. These principles include: connecting performance funding with strategic planning, promoting collaboration, using existing data whenever possible, and using measures that reflect quality and customer focus rather than numeric counts. (An appendix compares the states on use of performance measures in the budgetary process.) (DB)
Descriptors: Budgeting, College Outcomes Assessment, Data Collection, Educational Finance, Finance Reform, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, National Surveys, Policy Formation, Resource Allocation, State Aid, Strategic Planning
State Higher Education Executive Officers, 707 Seventeenth St., Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427; fax 303-296-8332 ($12).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.