A majority of states have created some type of performance-based model that provides public colleges and universities with extra dollars for showing better results, like graduating more students. To some, these policies force colleges to make sure they are getting the most out of taxpayers’ dollars. To critics, the outcomes-based approach encourages administrators to enroll fewer low-income or first-generation students, as those pupils are less likely to graduate and might hurt the school’s finances. What does the evidence show about these arguments? How might these policies affect students and universities today?
- Eileen Klein, Arizona Board of Regents
- Dustin Weeden, National Conference of State Legislatures
- Alia Wong, The Atlantic (moderator)