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ERIC Number: ED542144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
Metrics, Dollars, and Systems Change: Learning from Washington State's Student Achievement Initiative to Design Effective Postsecondary Performance Funding Policies. A State Policy Brief
Jenkins, Davis; Shulock, Nancy
Community College Research Center, Columbia University
The Student Achievement Initiative (SAI), adopted by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in 2007, is one of a growing number of performance funding programs that have been dubbed "performance funding 2.0." Unlike previous performance funding models, the SAI rewards colleges for students' intermediate achievements along the pathway toward college completion as well as for completion itself. In addition to motivating colleges through funding, the SAI gives colleges data to help them understand where, along their pathways through college, students are struggling and what changes might improve their forward momentum. Washington State's experience with the SAI offers clear lessons about the process of developing, implementing, and monitoring a performance funding system. This brief uses findings from a three-year evaluation of the SAI to draw lessons for leaders in other states seeking to design effective performance funding systems. On the basis of this work, the authors offer the following suggested design principles: (1) Measure what matters most (and validate that you have done so); (2) One-size metrics do not fit all stakeholders; (3) Everyone can't win--but guard against unexpected consequences; (4) Measure improvements in performance rather than relative performance; (5) Performance is a baseline expectation; (6) It's about mission, not rewards; and (7) Performance is everyone's business. (Contains 12 endnotes.)
Community College Research Center. Available from: CCRC Publications. Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street Box 174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212-678-3091; Fax: 212-678-3699; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Columbia University, Community College Research Center; California State University, Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy
Identifiers - Location: Washington