I hate to admit it, but I look forward to the latest issue of Public Administration Review (PAR) like there were dollar bills hidden within the pages. We could analyze this topic for days on end, but that’s not the point of this entry. I have come across a few stories on public high education, which I find interesting for policy research. This past Thursday, CNN ran a special to examine the rising cost of higher education, questioning the worth of it. The writers bring up some interesting points that really bring into question the relevancy existing missions in higher education, given the challenges to secure adequate funding.
Somewhat connected to this story, the recent issue of PAR has an even more interesting article related to performance funding in public higher education, highlighting the concerns about the effectiveness of performance metrics. More important, the study looks at one of the key areas related to the success or failure of such performance regimes – the university president. The results of Madeline Wing-Adler’s study align with some of my experiences in higher education. In particular, presidents can frame the importance and relevance of performance funding policies in many different ways. I will stop my review of the article here, and encourage everyone to read the study and let me know your thoughts.
For more information on performance funding in higher education, please visit the National Conference of State Legislatures.