University performance is taking precedence among higher education experts and administrators during a time when state funding is scarce.
In a recent report analyzing the top 10 higher education policy issues for 2013, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities listed “boosting institutional performance” as the most important policy issue.
Institutional performance outranked state support for higher education and tuition prices and policies, which were second and third, respectively.
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities recently released a report listing the top state policy issues facing higher education in 2013:
1. Boosting institutional performance.
2. State operating support for public higher education.
3. Tuition prices and tuition policy.
4. State student grant aid programs.
5. College readiness.
State funding for universities was not in the top spot for the first time in six years.
Daniel Hurley, director of state relations and policy analysis for the association, said state funding has been the top issue for the last five years.
But after the recession led to reduced funding, universities turned to other resources and performance strategies, such as improving retention and graduation rates, to move their institutions forward, he said.