Northern Kentucky University is leading the push for a new way Kentucky colleges could compete for state dollars that would tie at least some funding to performance rather than politics.
And in the process, the supporters hope to graduate more people in fields with high demand and bring university funding on a more level playing field.
Convincing other schools who fear losing money, however, might pose a challenge, lawmakers said.
The amount each college gets from the state is up to state lawmakers when assembling the biennial budget, something lawmakers have started this summer.
Leaders from NKU and other colleges will push to change that in the next year. Instead, they want college funding based on merit, meeting goals set by the state, though the amounts and goals have yet to be determined.