Arizona eyes change in higher ed funding

Arizona’s community colleges should be funded based on state-level performance goals in addition to enrollment, urges a report by a consulting group. A group of state higher-education leaders worked with MGT of America to produce the proposal, reports the Arizona Star.

Pima Community College Chancellor Roy Flores said the proposed model is “preferable to the current system, which earlier this year resulted in a 55 percent reduction in funding to Pima by the Arizona Legislature.”

The report also calls for university funding to be linked to the number of classes students take, the number of students who graduate and the amount of research funding a university attracts.

State funding per student has been cut in half since 2008.

The regents are set to approve the proposed funding model in September and the Legislature could OK the final proposal in October. If approved, the new funding model would be used in the next fiscal year.

POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON July 18, 2011

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