performance based funding

The Resurgent Interest in Performance-Based Funding for Higher Education

Observers of higher education policy might be forgiven a sense of surprise at recent developments in the funding of state higher education systems. At the turn of the century, after indifferent results and occasional policy debacles, it was easy to find commentary from chastened proponents on the declining commitments to performance-based funding and budgeting systems for public higher education. It seemed high time to add the performance-funding approach to the moldering remains of zero-based budgeting, quality circles, six-sigma, and numerous other “good policy ideas gone bad.”

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