Performance Funding

Performance funding for higher education has become an increasingly popular state policy for higher education. States, seeking to hold institutions accountable and desiring to move away from an inputs-oriented funding approach for public colleges and universities, have begun tying state funds to institutional performance on a number of agreed-upon metrics. Using a variety of data sources, and advanced quasi-experimental methods, this project seeks to evaluate the impact that state finance policies such as performance based funding and higher education vouchers have on educational outcomes for students.

Project Publications

Hillman, N., Tandberg, D. A., & Fryar, A. (2015). Evaluating the impacts of ‘new’ performance funding in higher education. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Advance online publication. Retrieved from

Tandberg, D. A., Hillman, N. W., & Barakat, M. (2014). State higher education performance funding for community colleges: Diverse effects and policy implications. Teachers College Record. Advance online publication. Retrieved from

Hillman, N. W., Tandberg, D. A., & Gross, J. P. K. (2014). Performance funding in higher education: Do financial incentives impact college completions? The Journal of Higher Education, 85(6), 826-857.

Tandberg, D. A. & Hillman, N. W. (2014). State higher education performance funding: Data,
outcomes and policy implications. Journal of Education Finance39(3), 222-242.

Hillman, N. W., Tandberg, D. A., & Gross, J. P. K. (2014). Market-based higher education: Does Colorado’s voucher model improve higher education access and efficiency? Research in Higher Education55(6), 601-625.

Volkwein, J. F., & Tandberg, D. A. (2008). Measuring up: Examining the connections among state structural characteristics, regulatory practices, and performance. Research in Higher Education, 49(2), 180-197.

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