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ERIC Number: ED469665
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Pages: 146
Abstractor: N/A
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An Evaluation of Tennessee's Performance Funding Policy at Walters State Community College.
Shaw, Thomas A.
Walters State Community College (WSCC) (Tennessee), founded in 1970, began participating in Tennessee's Performance Funding Project in 1979. Changes made in the state funding formula in 1979 were intended to provide an impetus for improving the quality of education on Tennessee's college campuses. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) developed the program in order to explore the feasibility of allocating a portion of the state budget for public institutions, based on evidence that faculty and administrators were collecting information about student performance and using that information to improve programs and services. Because the funding policy emerged early in the history of WSCC, it has been an active part of the college's development. This study shows the effects of the funding over the past 20 years at WSCC. The author employed the case study method because of its value in exploring the WSCC culture. Sources of information include documents, interviews, and observations. Of the 31 study participants, the author found that slightly over 30% (11) would continue funding policies without changes; an equal number would continue funding policies, but with modifications; one respondent would discontinue the program; and eight respondents did not answer this question or were not sure. Research instruments appended. (Contains 63 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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