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Document Number: 10873

Envisioning Performance Funding Impacts: The Espoused Theories of Action for State Higher Education Performance Funding - A recent study explores the reasons Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee pursued performance funding in higher education. While each state has been praised for its proactive stance to improve student and institutional outcomes, the study finds that the state-level policies do not sufficiently account for the unintended impacts of performance funding, including compliance costs, adulteration of quality, and perverse incentives to focus only on the activities that state legislatures have prioritized. (Kevin J. Dougherty, Sosanya M. Jones, Hana Lahr, Rebecca S. Natow, Lara Pheatt and Vikash Reddy, Community College Research Center, August 2013)...

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