Texas A&M Lays Accountability Path For Graduation Rates, Cost Effectiveness

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As a statewide push intensifies to reduce higher education costs while making sure students graduate, Texas A&M University System officials Monday announced a report card system to ensure their institutions keep pace.

They've dubbed the initiative EmpowerU and said it will measure both student success — defined by goals such as on-time graduation — and cost efficiency.

State lawmakers next year are expected to discuss tying some education funding to such outcomes.

When A&M System officials began creating the accountability program 15 months ago, they were “a bit behind in answering the call for more accountability,” said Richard Box, chairman of its board of regents, speaking at the state Capitol.

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