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Measuring Student Achievement at Public Universities

Jan 15, 2013

Illinois' public colleges and universities are still trying to work with a new law that ties state funding to student performance. But it hasn't been easy to measure performance in way that's equally valid across the state's dozen public university campuses.

Here's the basic idea behind the law: If a university's budget is tied to factors such as what percentage of students actually graduate with a degree, the school has more incentive to make sure its students stay on track.