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Getting a Handle on Performance-Based Funding

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Frequent SCUP speaker, Dennis P. Jones, is quoted as saying that “States are getting more sophisticated about what they’re doing and are crafting models that really reinforce institutional mission differentiation, rather than doing the same thing for everybody.” Jones is president of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, whose October 2013 report, “Outcomes-Based Funding: The Wave of Implementation,” examines such policies. “They’re also putting a bigger share of the allocation into outcomes-based funding.”

This author concisely organizes this brief and informative resource, from AASCU's Public Policy magazine, under the primary heading of "A More Sophisticated Model," with these bullets.


  1. An Active Role for Stakeholders
  2. Differentiate Metrics and Rewards
  3. Make the Money Meaningful
  4. Make the Penalties Reasonable
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State funding upturn: familiar pattern or newfound importance for higher ed?

State funding upturn: familiar pattern or newfound importance for higher ed? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The 2014 legislative successes should allow institutions in numerous states to offer raises for the first time in several years, and to continue (or in some cases begin) to reinvest in programs or initiatives that have been cut or put off over several bad budget years.

That is a much more pleasant climate for campus leaders to operate in than was the one that has prevailed in recent years. On the question of whether the funding upturn represents merely a return to the normal cycle of increases in good times and cuts in bad, higher education officials are hopeful -- if not quite confident -- that something more is at play: a recognition by political leaders that higher education is essential to drive individual and state economic success.


"This is first and foremost about improved economic conditions in the states," says Daniel J. Hurley, director of state relations and policy analysis at the state college association. "But there is some evidence that higher education has been prioritized to a higher degree than what current state conditions would have portended."

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