Policymakers in Texas want to understand the funding levels necessary for community colleges to meet their promise of providing an affordable and accessible pathway to a postsecondary certificate or degree. Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest conducted this study to help leaders at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board better understand the extent to which Texas community colleges have adequate funding for reaching the desired levels of student success, as measured by success points milestones used in the state’s performance-based funding system.
The study involved three types of analyses: a needs analysis, an equity analysis, and a cost function analysis.
The findings from this study can inform Texas policymakers’ efforts to distribute funding for community colleges to support equitable opportunities for all students to succeed in college.
ERIC DescriptorsCommunity Colleges, Educational Equity (Finance), Expenditure per Student, Funding Formulas, Higher Education, Postsecondary Education, Public Colleges, Resource Allocation, Equity
Southwest | Publication Type: Descriptive Study | Publication
Date: October 2022