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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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States of Denial

Where Community College Students Lack Access to Federal Student Loans

June 28, 2016

A new report from the Institute for College Access & Success finds that nearly one in 10 community college students nationwide don’t have access to federal student loans because their institution has opted out of the program.

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Momentum: The Academic & Economic Value of a 15-Credit First-Semester Course Load

CCRC Working Paper No. 88

June 28, 2016

Students who enroll in 15 credits' worth of classes in their first semester are more likely to graduate than those students who enroll with only 12 credits, says this working paper from the Community College Research Center. Using student-level data from the Tennessee Board of Regents, the authors estimate differences in award completion and credit accumulation across students according to their first-semester and first-year credit loads.

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How America Pays for College 2016

Sallie Mae’s national study of college students and parents

June 28, 2016

Students and families are receiving scholarships and grants to cover more of the price of college, according to this annual survey from Sallie Mae.

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Different Degrees of Debt

Student borrowing in the for-profit, nonprofit, and public sectors

June 22, 2016

This brief from Brookings Institution analyzes patterns of student borrowing across for-profit, nonprofit, and public college sectors. The authors specifically target the connection between debt and educational costs and student backgrounds. How is student debt distributed across sectors and what factors account for the unusual borrowing trends among students of for-profit colleges?

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The Associate-to-Bachelor's Pathway

Certificate and Associate Degree Pathways

June 17, 2016

Of the total number of associate degrees reported to the National Student Clearinghouse for the 2009-10 academic year, 536,351 were earned by students with no previous degrees or certificates, says a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Within the next six academic years, more than 64 percent of these students who enrolled at a four-year institution and 41 percent earned a bachelor’s degree.

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