(Orange, Texas)

February 27, 2013

Struggle to tie funds to completion rate

Associated Press
The Orange Leader

AUSTIN, Texas —  

Texas lawmakers say they are facing some behind the scenes resistance as they work to tie higher education funding to completion rates at state universities.

House Higher Education Committee Chairman Dan Branch said in a news conference on Wednesday that the proposal would help the state produce a more modern workforce.

But he was unable to name any big universities that have signed on.

Under current policy, much of the funding for colleges is based on enrollment figures. Branch, who's a Dallas Republican, is trying to connect ten percent of the funding to graduation rates.

The state Higher Education Coordinating Board has endorsed the idea in a report to Branch's committee. Representatives of the University of Texas and Texas A&M systems did not immediately respond to requests for comment.