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A new article by UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman is critical of policies that link state funding of public higher education to certain performance measures. The report, released by The Century Foundation earlier this week, is titled “Why Performance-Based College Funding Doesn’t Work.” More than two-thirds of states are either developing or using some sort of performance-based funding for public colleges and universities, with performance being tracked in areas such as graduation rates and degree production numbers. But Hillman argues this way of distributing funding is rarely effective.