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Latest: New Issue Papers Highlight How Outcomes-Based Funding Focuses Public Colleges and Universities on Increasing Student Completion

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Outcomes-based funding

Outcomes-based funding uses public money to encourage colleges and universities to increase the numbers and percentages of students who earn high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials. It funds colleges and universities based on how well they perform on key metrics. The increases in numbers of students who earn degrees at public colleges and universities should lead to a national increase in education attainment. Learn more in our Outcomes-based funding FAQ.


Outcomes-based Funding Issue Papers


Outcomes-Based Funding in Historical and Comparative Context

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November 3, 2015

A detailed review of four different outcomes-based funding models leads to some central conclusions for policymakers in this arena.

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Outcomes-Based Funding and Stakeholder Engagement

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November 3, 2015

Paper recommends specific strategies for effective stakeholder engagement based on work in multiple states and leading research in the field of outcomes-based funding.

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Placing Student Success at the Center of State Higher Education Finance Policy

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November 3, 2015

An examination of higher ed funding models as applied to real-life students, many of whom are racial and ethnic minorities, from low-income families, or the first in their families to enroll in higher education.

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