West Virginia lawmaker wants higher ed capital funding tied to performance

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Higher education leaders in West Virginia are recommending the state legislature fund $10 million in capital improvement projects for the state’s colleges and universities. The original list was $1.4 billion.

Bob Plymale, the State Senate Education Committee chairman, said recently he believes funding should be connected to performance—perhaps being contingent upon retention rates.

“If (rates) have to increase, they have to improve,” said Plymale, advocating a funding system “with the idea of ‘Hey, if we are giving you these funds, we have to look at it overall.’”

The actual capital improvement package being recommended is for $19.3 million, but almost half would come from the schools themselves.

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