(AP) – An Arkansas House panel has endorsed a plan to link
public college and university funding to performance goals such as the number of
students who complete their degrees.
The House Education Committee on Tuesday advanced legislation requiring the
state to adopt a “performance-based” model for funding higher education rather
than basing the money on enrollment. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he’ll call for
increasing higher education funding $10 million in 2018 if lawmakers approve the
The state’s colleges and universities received about $733 million in the
state’s current $5.3 billion budget, and that funding would not change in the
fiscal year that begins July 1 under the governor’s proposed budget.
The bill now heads to the House for a vote.
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