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ERIC Number: ED535548
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Performance-Based Funding of Higher Education: A Detailed Look at Best Practices in 6 States
Miao, Kysie
Center for American Progress
Performance-based funding is a system based on allocating a portion of a state's higher education budget according to specific performance measures such as course completion, credit attainment, and degree completion, instead of allocating funding based entirely on enrollment. It is a model that provides a fuller picture of how successfully institutions have used their state appropriations to support students throughout their college careers and to promote course and degree completion. Furthermore, this funding structure incorporates both enrollment and performance metrics as incentives for colleges to continue to make progress on these important objectives. This brief summarizes the history of performance-based funding in higher education at the state level, outlines in further detail a subset of state experiences, and recommends that states continue to explore performance-based funding options in their higher education systems. (Contains 24 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for American Progress
Identifiers - Location: Indiana; Louisiana; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Tennessee; Washington