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Georgia college funding will be tied to graduation

ATLANTA — Georgia's public colleges and universities will have to earn the money they get from taxpayers by helping more students get a degree.

The change is part of a new funding formula approved Wednesday by a commission appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the new formula links the state funding colleges receive to their improving student success and the number of degrees or certificates awarded.

The plan, which won't go into effect for a couple of years, represents a drastic shift from the current system that focuses on enrollment and how many credits students take, with little attention paid to whether they ever graduate.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Rewards for achievement of goals?? There's those evil bastard Republicans again, trying to link funding with accomplishment. What's the world coming to??

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AuntieDee 1 year, 4 months ago

Wow...Sister Ruby! I'm with you on this one!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Are you sure? I mean, you do know sarcasm when you read it, right?

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AuntieDee 1 year, 4 months ago

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NotMyOpinion 1 year, 4 months ago

Not sure this is a good idea. Too many schools may be encouraged to offer the wrong kind of help for graduation, much like our own DCSS teachers were encouraged to get test scores up by any means necessary. The wrong type of pressure can lead to unintended consequences.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 4 months ago

This can be a step in the right direction as long as we don't see a dip in the quality (toughness) of the education. How about tying graduation rates in with senior exit exam scores. Schools offering a better education should be rewarded over a school "giving away" degrees.

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free_ur_mind 1 year, 4 months ago

@Sherwood, I do think you're going in the right direction. However, we also need to realize that the mission of colleges vary and it should given the diverse needs of our state. A research institution and a community college draw students from completely different backgrounds, so it would not be fair to compare them to the same standard. I agree that accountability must be increased, but we must be careful in determining those standards.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 4 months ago

Good point, maybe by "tying graduation rates with senior exit exams scores" we could rank institutions against other institutions in the same category (i.e. research institutions, tech schools, community colleges...etc). I didn't intend to pit community colleges against UGA for funding, rather pit like-schools against each other based on performance of graduation rates and exit exam scores.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 4 months ago

Notmyopinion, I agree with you! There will be means to cut corners and dilutes a degree. They would be far better to police the student loans and how the students pay them back. If the schools alumni do not pay them, decrease their funds. The colleges are behind a lot of these loans. Also more money could be given to the schools that offer say a secondary math education degree. Most don't and that is a big need!

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