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<strong>Texas Community College Funding Should Account for Student Career Outcomes</strong>

Texas Community College Funding Should Account for Student Career Outcomes

Texas’s rapidly-changing workforce has a skills gap. 

Over sixty percent of jobs in the state are “middle-skill” jobs, requiring some postsecondary training, but not a four year degree. Many of these jobs are in high demand and pay accordingly. But only a third of Texans have the correct training for these positions. Fortunately, the Texas Commission on Community College Finance’s (TCCCF) recent recommendations for a new funding model may be a step toward closing this skills gap. 

The TCCCF recommendations reflect a welcome shift towards performance-based funding, which ties state funding for colleges to measurable student outcomes. The recommendations include performance measures like “credentials of value” completed, “credentials of value” completed in high-demand fields, and successful student transfers to four-year degree programs. They also recognize the higher costs of educating low-income students.

However, the recommendations miss one critical performance metric for community colleges: how much alumni earn.

Read the full commentary in Dallas Morning News.