Presidents Of Texas Universities Warn Against Tying Funds To Graduation Rates

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University presidents warned Monday that tying state funds to graduation rates, as Gov. Rick Perry and some lawmakers have proposed, could cause some campuses to have huge cuts in funding.

If the state went to an outcome-based funding system for higher education that would tie between 10 percent and 25 percent of state funds to student success measurements, Texas A&M International in Laredo would lose about $200,000, said Ray Keck, the university’s president.

“We want you to hold us accountable, we want you to insist upon the numbers for recruitment retention and graduation” but also to consider campus-specific factors such as the type of students who enroll, Keck said.

Such outcome-based funding could cost the University of Texas at Austin $9 million over the next two years. Current funding is based on enrollment.

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