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Master's Professional Reports Abstract

Developing a Performance Funding System to Increase Minority Retention in Texas Public Higher Education

Texas four-year institutions of higher education are suffering from low retention and graduation rates among minority students. Given the demographic changes in Texas to a majority minority, improving minority retention is of utmost importance. While many institutions have worked to better serve changing student populations, the use of funding incentives can encourage colleges and universities to improve their minority retention efforts. The future well-being of the state lies in the hands of policymakers and institutional leaders with respect to improving educational outcomes and productivity of minorities throughout the state. Using examples from several model retention programs in the country, as well as the lessons of other states using performance funding mechanisms, policymakers can design a performance funding program to increase minority retention rates in Texas public four-year colleges and universities.

-- Author's foreword.