Texas technical colleges seek to connect state funding with employment outcomes

April 26, 2012

The Texas State Technical College System is working on a proposal to link 45% of the technical colleges' operating budget to graduates' employment rates and salaries. The system is working with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on the formula. The basic idea is to use job data gathered by the Texas government to compare alumni's salaries to an earnings baseline for high school diploma holders in the state, says the system's chancellor. Also factored in will be overall employment rates for graduates, and other measures of their value to Texas' economy. The institutions would see cuts if employment outcomes decline, and no new funding will be tied to the plan. The chancellor says discounts would be included, such as through percentage reductions to account for the small number of graduates who leave the state for work. Inside Higher Ed