Pennsylvania Plan Would Tie New College Funding to Performance Targets

Friday, November 16, 2012

Pennsylvania's colleges would need to meet performance-based targets to win new state funding under a recommendation by Gov. Corbett's commission on higher education.

The proposal calls for "performance scorecards" that would take into account measures such as controlling tuition costs, opening access to low-income students and other underserved groups, and tailoring programs to meet workforce needs.

Among other measures recommended for consideration are closing achievement gaps, on-time graduation rates, and contributions to the state's economic development.

It was one of 19 major recommendations from the Governor's Advisory Commission on Postsecondary Education released Wednesday afternoon, following six months of public meetings and study. The commission also called for the consolidation or elimination of duplicative programs or institutions and more cooperation among community colleges, four-year state schools, and private colleges and universities.

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