Texas eyes outcome-based college funding

Ten percent of undergraduate funding should be linked to student success rather than enrollment, says the Texas higher education agency.  The proposal is highly controversial, reports the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

Too few Texas college students graduate on time and not enough major in high-demand careers, prompting the state’s higher education agency to once again propose a controversial merit-based funding system.

. . . The agency’s outcome-based funding model means universities would be judged on certain criteria, such as their six-year graduation rate and how many degrees they award in high-demand fields such as science, math, engineering and technology and teachers in those subjects. Funding for community colleges would in part be tied to students’ completion of associates degrees or certificates.

Statewide, 56 percent of full-time students seeking bachelor’s degrees graduate in six years. Full-time community college students average 4.7 years to earn associate’s degrees.

Too many college students need remedial coursework because “K through 12 in Texas is too easy,” said Raymund Paredes, the state’s commissioner of higher education, at a Corpus Christi luncheon.

POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON August 8, 2012

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