I reported earlier on how the state of Texas was now implementing a performance-based
funding system to account for 10% of the budget for community and technical
colleges. Several portions of the plan affect developmental and first year
writing courses as well as more advanced classes such as Technical Writing,
which might be classified under STEM categories. Now the legislature is
considering expanding that funding formula to universities as well. Universities
are currently funded purely on enrollment. Proponents believe the
performance-based funding will reward and create incentivies for student
achievement at universities.
The goal is to align funding with state priorities. To date, there has
been little action by legislators on the implementation of the program at the
university level due to a lack of support from the universities
themselves. But now the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is
reconsidering the matter in hopes that a consensus might be reached in
2015. An advisory group will turn over new proposals to the board in
One of the main issues the board is facing is the variety of university missions across the state with some being like community colleges with a high number of at-risk students and others being very selective in admissions.