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Hillman, Corral look at impact of performance-based funding policies on minority serving institutions

May 24, 2018

UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman and Daniel Corral authored a blog post that examines how minority serving institutions fare under performance-based funding policies that many states are turning to.

Hillman is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and a faculty affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE). Corral is a Ph.D. student with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Hillman and Corral
Nicholas Hillman (left) and Daniel Corral
Their post is headlined, “Investing in Equity: How do Performance-Based Funding Policies Impact Financial Resources at Minority Serving Institutions?” It appears in A Community of Higher Ed Scholars, which promotes itself as the official blog of the American Educational Research Association’s Division J, which focuses on topics related to postsecondary education.

Hillman and Corral write: “State legislatures have increasingly turned to performance-based funding (PBF) as a way to align financial incentives with educational goals. Each state designs its model differently and in line with its own unique goals, but all tend to prioritize outputs like: degrees awarded; credit hours completed; retention rates; and even job placement rates.”

They continue: “Given what we know about racial inequalities in these outputs, we wanted to see how public Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) fared under these new funding models*.” 

Learn much more about this important but nuanced topic by reading the entire post for free on this AERA Division J web page.