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Early Results of Outcomes-Based Funding in Tennessee

March 10, 2016

No state has done more than Tennessee to shift state higher education funding to reflect outcomes rather than inputs. In other states, most of the core funding for higher education, including tuition and state appropriations, flows to colleges based on student enrollment.

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Structuring State Policy for Student Success

Applying Incentives in the Volunteer State

March 10, 2016

This is a time of great challenge and opportunity for American higher education. The challenges are well-established and widely acknowledged: escalating standards for economic competitiveness, coupled with a severe economic downturn and protracted recovery, require broad access to relevant postsecondary education, training and retooling as never before, but stagnant state funding and surging student demand have tightened the tension on an already cash-strapped public system. The lagging economy limits tax collections, which are an important stream of unrestricted revenue for public institutions. Faced with doing more with less, campuses respond by raising tuition, fees or both, while cutting costs in a variety of ways, often affecting personnel, services and quality.

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Employing Postsecondary Data for Effective State Finance Policymaking

March 10, 2016

Each year, more states are adopting policies to incent and support improvements in postsecondary student success and equitable outcomes through the effective use of quality data. Particularly as the target dates for national higher education attainment goals grow nearer, state economies are in need of more college-educated workers, and budgets continue to be severely constrained, many state leaders are recognizing the need to improve the productivity, completion efficiency and equity of their higher education systems.

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Linking Appropriations for the Texas State Technical College System to Student Employment Outcomes

March 10, 2016

When the idea of tying appropriations for the public universities in Texas to performance funding first emerged, there was one exception to the opposition from the higher-education establishment: the state’s technical colleges. The 50-year-old Texas State Technical College System jumped at the opportunity to prove its worth to lawmakers and the public.

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Higher Education Outcomes-Based Funding Models and Academic Quality

March 10, 2016

Recent years have seen rapid increases in both the need and demand for higher education, just as the economic downturn has placed increasing pressure on state higher education budgets. These trends and others have converged to inspire state policy- makers, the coordinating and governing boards for higher education, and other stakeholders to consider ways to better align institutional priorities and activities with state goals, create incentives for quality, and more ef ciently prioritize dwindling state resources for higher education.

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Connecting Research and State Policy

Implications for Academic Researchers and Intermediary Organizations

January 15, 2016

Lumina issue paper makes specific recommendations for academic researchers and for intermediary organizations to better connect the findings from academic research and state policy.

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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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It's Not Just The Money

The Benefits of College Education to Individuals and to Society

October 14, 2015

Education has numerous beneficial effects, and many of these have been estimated in large academic literatures. But research articles typically carefully examine just one effect. This report provides a more complete picture by highlighting many of the frequently unmeasured and ignored benefits of college attendance. It organizes and compiles the evidence from several different literatures into one easily accessible place.

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