Graduation rates may be tied to state and federal funding

June 9, 2009

This means that colleges that have higher graduation rates would have more money to hand out.

States consider basing college funding on graduation rates

States fund public colleges primarily based on how many students are enrolled. But a number of legislatures are considering policies that would link funding to whether students graduate.

Lawmakers in Ohio appear likely to adopt a plan, introduced this year, that would base 100% of higher education spending on course and degree completion. Indiana is considering a similar but more modest proposal. And in Louisiana, the governor and Legislature have called for plans that tie 25% of higher education funding to student success.

President Obama wants the USA to lead the world in college graduates by 2020 and has proposed $2.5 billion over five years to states that seek to boost college completion rates for low-income students.

J.D.'s comments: Makes sense (or cents) to me, base it on results. Maybe we should do the same with every political office... What do you think?

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