State policy choices on how to fund postsecondary institutions—through the specific use of outcomes-based funding (OBF)—can either help or hinder efforts to address inequities that affect so many students and our nation.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s 2017-2019 budget calls for University of Wisconsin campuses to compete for $42.5 million in new funding based on performance measures. This adds Wisconsin to a growing list of states that are embarking on a postsecondary performance-based funding system.
Admissions restrictions for underprepared students is the most commonly cited unintended consequence of performance-based state funding for public postsecondary institutions, according to a new book released by the Community College Research Center (CCRC). Low-income students and students of color are disproportionately represented among the groups who are harmed by these practices.