One idea that emerged from that process is called “Outcomes-Based Funding” in which a significant percent of undergraduate funding, would be based on the number of degrees awarded. Texans deserve college graduation for their hard-earned tax dollars, not just college enrollment.
Ah, that word again: “Deserve.” If we were in ancient Greece, I might say that only the gods know what people deserve. Maybe everyone deserves to be a millionaire. And you can make that happen. But then a loaf of bread will set you back $500,000.
I just can’t see how changing the funding incentive to graduation can lead to anything but pressure to lower standards. And what will happen when Perry’s revered employers start to realize that they’ve hired incompetent screw-ups?
This also ignores that people don’t complete degrees for all sorts of personal reasons, not just because the university fails somehow to provide a service. People drop out to start businesses, families, find they are uninterested. These are not factors that an institution can control, short of kidnapping, bribery, and other nefarious deeds.
I’m challenging our institutions of higher education to develop bachelor's degrees that cost no more than $10,000, including textbooks.
Let’s leverage web-based instruction, innovative teaching techniques and aggressive efficiency measures to reach that goal.
Interesting. I looked at my own university’s costs. We have one of the lowest costs in the state of Texas. Cost for our resident students are way over Perry’s $10,000 mark in one year. I have no idea how Perry can suggest cutting costs to less than 25% of what they are now as an achievable goal.
Perry’s challenge has about as much chance of happening as challenging automobile makers to create a car that gets 120 miles to the gallon. You can do it, but the transformation you’d have to undergo would be so radical that you might end up losing a lot of value.
You can make a vehicle that gets over a hundred miles per gallon. It’s called a bicycle (estimates of mileage here and here; regardless of the exact numbers, bicycles are mighty efficient). But I don’t know if the governor would appreciate getting a bicycle in place of a car.
Additional: The College Guide blog reaches similar conclusions.