Performance-Based Funding for Higher Education: What You Need to Know

Dennis P. Jones, Academic Impressions, Sept 05, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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A couple of articles on performance-based education funding, this one, and another, on the topic of deliberations in Arkansas on the subject. Interviewee Dennis Jones of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) suggests that attitude is the most important indicator of an outcomes focus. And "the condition at the state level that separates aggressive from lukewarm adopters is the presence of a clear and widely embraced set of state-level goals for higher education – a public agenda." So there's the dilemma. An outcomes-based approach is to be desired, in my opinion. But embracing the same outcome for everybody is not. There is also, in my opinion, a need to separate the delivery of education from the evaluation of education.

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