Friday, May 8, 2015

Outcomes-based funding a failed education legacy

Statesman Journal
April 29th, 2015


In the post-Kitzhaber era, one may be surprised to learn that a controversial vestige of the disgraced leader's vision has just been enacted.
The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (or HECC), which has oversight of post-secondary institutions in Oregon, has marched ahead with its planned adoption of a new degree-rewarding funding plan.
Will HECC's decision to adopt a formula that pays universities and community colleges for the number of degrees it produces actually improve the state's college graduation rates?
Student enrollment has traditionally driven state support for public higher education. Now, however, this new "outcomes-based" funding model will replace the old system, in an effort to boost graduation rates.

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