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ERIC Number: ED466845
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Pages: 158
Abstractor: N/A
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The Experience of Performance Funding on Higher Education at the Campus Level in the Past 20 Years.
Freeman, Michelle Susong
The purpose of this study was to examine the experience a single community college in Tennessee has had with the state's twenty-year-old performance funding policy, which makes state appropriations to colleges and universities contingent upon their performance on several educational performance indicators. Volunteer State Community College's experience was examined through a case study that incorporated the use of interviews, document analysis, and observations. Twenty-three faculty members and administrators at the college were asked to respond to seven interview questions. Several themes emerged from their answers, including: (1) many participants indicated that the enthusiasm for the policy was not there, as it was in the beginning; (2) although the majority of the interviewees believed that the idea behind the policy was good, very few were excited about its implementation on their campus; (3) executive administrators seemed more content with the policy than did other members of the college-some administrators appeared to "preside" over the policy rather than ensuring that it permeated through all levels of the institution and that its details were communicated to everyone; and (4) some respondents indicated that the policy has simply become a means to get more funding rather than truly emphasizing quality improvement. Ethical considerations, data collection, and resource allocation are discussed, and recommendations for future research are offered. Letters, an interview guide, an interview note form, a consent form, a confidentiality statement, and the author's vita are appended. (Contains 49 references.) (Author/EMH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee