Tennessee governor Bill Haslam advocated tying university funding to graduation rates in Time Magazine last week.
Haslam contributed to Time’s “8 Ideas to Improve Higher Education” feature, which solicited ideas from eight experts on education around the country. Federal government officials, university presidents and education reformers also contributed, writing about issues from student loans to government oversight.
Haslam’s key point was that tying funding to enrollment, as most states do now, incentivizes state universities to admit massive numbers of students and keep them in school rather than push them on towards graduation.
Instead, he suggests that funding should be tied to graduation rates, a policy that Tennessee adopted in 2010. Haslam’s education reform hasn’t been limited to higher education, as he’s spearheaded an effort to create a voucher program for low-income families to receive government aid for private school tuitions.