State Systems of Performance Accountability for Community Colleges: Impact and Lessons for Policymakers

This brief looks at trends in performance accountability in state higher education systems, focusing on the five Achieving the Dream states (Florida, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia) and four other states (California, Illinois, New York and Washington). The brief describes three different types of performance accountability systems: performance funding; performance budgeting; and performance reporting. It assesses the reasons behind the modest impacts of performance accountability in the nine states. The authors document problematic unintended consequences as well. The report proposes a series of design changes that can help institutions and states avoid problems of current performance accountability systems.

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