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Outcomes-Based Funding and Responsibility Center Management

Combining the Best of State and Institutional Budget Models to Achieve Shared Goals

July 13, 2016

State governments serve as a key-funding source for public higher education. Outcomes-based funding is an alternative to other methods of state allocations to institutions, such as base-plus funding, enrollment-based funding, and early performance-centered funding. Outcomes-based funding allows states to convey and promote alignment with goals and objectives for higher education by allocating state tax dollars to institutions based on measures of outcomes.

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Using Real-Time Labor Market Information to Achieve Better Labor Market Outcomes

July 13, 2016

Understanding complex labor markets including the demand for skills is key to guiding our investments in education and training. This is especially true for community colleges responsible for preparing a significant portion of the nation’s workers. These institutions are being increasingly challenged to better align their programs of study with entire economies undergoing restructuring and with most workplaces escalating their skill requirements. Policy questions surrounding higher education funding formulas, measures of performance and institutional rating systems are all seeking more focus on labor market outcomes.

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Connecting State and Institutional Finance Policies for Improved Higher Education Outcomes

July 13, 2016

This paper provides a conceptual framework that examines the interrelationship between state and institutional finance policies, including state appropriations, tuition and financial aid. It explores how state higher education goals can be advanced through outcomes-based funding policies that provide incentives for institutional behavior, and how policies can be designed to maximize student success.

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Aligning Student and Institution Incentives in Higher Education Finance

July 13, 2016

Higher education, depending who you talk to, is a generator and transmitter of knowledge, a provider of opportunity and social mobility, a trainer of skilled workers for employers, a driver of economic development or any or all of the above. But alongside its lofty goals, it is also a big, complex $600 billion business that provides paychecks to four million people.

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Leveraging Outcomes-Based Funding Policies at the Institutional Level

July 13, 2016

Policymakers are moving to outcomes-based funding in an effort to inspire public higher education institutions to drive the transformative change required to expand access, increase graduation rates and contain costs. For outcomes-based funding to have a significant effect on student outcomes, system and institutional leaders must successfully translate these policies into action. In an effort to inform the design, development and implementation of future outcomes-based funding policies, this paper presents a real-time account of how the prospect of outcomes-based funding, and the financial incentives that have been put in place by the state of California and the California State University system, have provided a frame for California State University, Fullerton to engage and mobilize its campus community to improve student outcomes, advance the institution’s mission and achieve its strategic goals.

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Communications Technology Company Realizes Returns for Investments in Tuition Assistance

The second study in the series: Talent Investments Pay Off

June 14, 2016

From 2012 to 2014, a large communications technology company (masked as “Large CommTech”) provided employees $138M in tuition assistance through its Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). That program resulted in 39.2% ROI ($54.2M net savings), as a result of avoided talent management costs. Both the business and employees benefited as a result of TAP investments.

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Tax Benefits viewing guide

June 9, 2016

The Other Side of the Ledger: Student Aid Through Tax Benefits explains the history of tax benefits such as tax credits, tax deductions, and qualified tuition programs used to pay for higher education related expenses. In an effort to make college more affordable, federal lawmakers have proposed several approaches to make tax benefits—primarily aimed at the middle class—a viable way to supplement the direct student aid programs traditionally targeted at low-income students. Although these efforts began over half a century ago, it was not until the late 1990s that tax benefits for college expenses were written into the tax code. This 14-minute film details important legislative milestones and describes the growth of these benefits.

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The Emerging Learning System

Report on the recent convening and new directions for action

May 31, 2016

In February, Lumina Foundation hosted more than 40 national experts in a discussion central to Goal 2025. With nine years remaining to reach Goal 2025 and growing concern about the learning that stands behind postsecondary credentials in the U.S., we’re pleased to share the discussions from the convening and proposed next steps to advance what is coming to be known as learning systems reform.

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Funding Down, Tuition Up

State Cuts to Higher Education Threaten Quality and Affordability at Public Colleges

May 26, 2016

States are collectively investing 17 percent less in their public colleges and universities, or $1,525 less per student, since 2007, says a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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The Condition of Education 2016

May 26, 2016

More people are earning four-year degrees, but racial gaps persist among bachelor's degree recipients, according to a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics. The report shows the gap between White and Black adults who earned a bachelor’s degree widening from 13 to 22 percentage points over the past two decades and from 20 to 27 percentage points for White and Hispanic students.

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