Senate Debates Higher Education Funding

| February 7, 2014
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Jefferson City was quiet this week, hampered by the weather, but the upper chamber was able to discuss a bill on funding for higher education.

Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Senator David Pearce, of Warrensburg:

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“What it does, it establishes performance funding as opposed to right now where it’s one size fits all,” said Pearce. “Institutions are going to be evaluated based on their performance. They will come up with five standards they want to be judged upon, and then they will be evaluated by that. And so, depending on how well they perform, that will depend on how much funding they get from the state.”

Possible measures universities and colleges could be judged upon included graduation rates, the number of freshmen who return for their sophomore year, and the dropout rate.

The upper chamber held a lively debate on Monday. Senate Bill 492 is on the informal calendar again this Monday, February 10th.


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