Budget Cuts and Performance-Based Funding, Oh My!

On the heels of my previous post about the proposed budget cuts in the State of Michigan (link here) comes a similar announcement from Texas (link here).  The cuts, totaling a 7.6% budget reduction, target public universities, community colleges, and student funding.

With the state facing a deep deficit, the draft budget would end funding for four community colleges (Brazosport, Frank Phillips, Odessa and Ranger Colleges), cut hundreds of millions of dollars from public universities, and slash financial aid for freshmen and new students

In other news, SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher announced in her state of the university speech that funding would no longer be allocated solely in the traditional manner by enrollment (link here).  Added to the mix are performance-based measures, rewarding campuses that meet the set goals.  While the announcement was short on details, it does give the feeling that universities recognize they are not in Kansas anymore.

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