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Measuring and Funding Success


Student success in community colleges consists of effectively meeting the educational goals of students. Colleges also must have sufficient funding to support operations.

Legislative Recommendations:

To best accomplish the goal of student success, state funding for community colleges should be broken down into three different components:

  • Core college operations: All colleges have basic operating costs regardless of geographic location or institutional size (this funding would be set aside before the other two funding elements).
  • Student Success Points: Ten percent of funding (less core operations) should be based on the metrics recommended in the Student Success Points.
  • Contact hours: Ninety percent of state funding (less core operations) for colleges should be based on the number of instructional contact hours each college generates.