Neediest students lose out in “Darwinian” world of performance-based funding

April 8, 2016

Evidence continues to show that performance-based funding leads to a decline in enrolment numbers for low-income PSE students, writes Mark Kantrowitz for the Chronicle of Higher Education. In many cases, the author notes, schools will lower their enrolment of low-income students in an effort to boost achievement metrics. But even if this problem were to disappear, Kantrowitz notes, “getting low-income, minority, and at-risk students to graduate requires more support of all types, financial, academic, and social. This doesn’t come cheaply: It takes more money to get these students to the finish line.” Chronicle of Higher Education