ERIC Number: EJ1084496
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
Evaluating the Impacts of "New" Performance Funding in Higher Education
Hillman, Nicholas W.; Tandberg, David A.; Fryar, Alisa H.
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v37 n4 p501-519 Dec 2015
In 2007, Washington adopted the Student Achievement Initiative, a statewide performance accountability system designed to improve retention rates and degree productivity among community colleges. Using difference-in-differences analysis, we found that the policy change has had little immediate effect on retention rates or associate's degree productivity. However, community colleges produced more short-term certificates after the policy reform. These results are robust across many alternative comparison groups. Considering that certificates yield less value in the labor market than associate's degrees but are easier for colleges to produce, we discuss the unintended consequences of rewarding colleges based on the number of credentials they produce.
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Higher Education, Accountability, Community Colleges, School Holding Power, Educational Attainment, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Associate Degrees, Performance Based Assessment, Educational Change, Comparative Analysis, Rewards, Credentials, Academic Achievement, Productivity, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: Washington