Georgia officials are working on a plan to fund state colleges not based on enrollment, but on outcomes. Schools would be rewarded for student success and high graduation rates. All well and good, I suppose, but it’s easy for me to see pressure being put on professors to give students passing grades whether they deserve them or not. This has been happening over the past few decade, but this effort seems like it will accelerate the trend.
From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia is writing a plan that would drastically change the way it funds public colleges, tying the money to student success and graduation rates, not enrollment.
Starting with the 2015 fiscal year the amount of money colleges receive would be determined mainly by how well students progress through college and the number of degrees awarded. Many details still need to be finalized, but a group appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal signed off on a draft framework Monday.
The state is emphasizing graduation rates because projections show about 60 percent of all jobs by 2020 will require education after high school. Only 42 percent of Georgia’s adults currently possess a college degree or certificate.