Emails, Kelly Carper Polden, assistant director of communications, Office of External Relations, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, July 16 and Aug. 13, 2018

From: Selby, Gardner (CMG-Austin)

Sent: Monday, July 16, 2018 10:14 AM




Hello again. As mentioned, I am writing now with a different inquiry.


This legislation tying higher education aid to performance did not pass into law in the 2017 session.


Did other measures related to performance-based funding make it into law? What is the coordinating board’s latest best information on the degree to which Texas funds universities, colleges and community colleges based on performance?


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From: Polden, Kelly Carper Sent: Monday, July 16, 2018 10:41 AM

Good morning,

I received both inquiries. I requested an update on the block scheduling question and will get back with you ASAP.


The 60x30TX graduation bonus/performance based funding for Texas public universities will again be a legislative recommendation. The topic will be discussed during the Q2 media conference call with Commissioner Paredes on July 18 at 10 a.m. that includes a Q&A session. (Please let me know if you want to participate in the conference call; I will send you the dial-in details.) Note that performance funding is already working in Texas with the student success point funding for community colleges and the returned value formula for Texas State Technical College institutions.



From: Selby, Gardner (CMG-Austin) Sent: Monday, July 16, 2018 11:05 AM


What’s the best available information on the program already in place for community colleges and the Texas State Technical College institutions?

11:26 a.m.

July 16, 2018

Slide four of the presentation I sent earlier includes info on the CTC performance based funding programs:


Also, here is a link to a presentation from the LBB regarding formula funding, which includes a description of both the returned value and success point formulas:


From: Selby, Gardner (CMG-Austin) Sent: Monday, August 13, 2018 1:58 PM

Has anything more happened on this idea? When did the coordinating board adopt the recommendation?

3:07 p.m.

The legislative recommendation was approved by the board at the April 2018 quarterly meeting. It is similar to the performance-based legislative recommendation approved in 2016 for the 2017 legislative session.


From: Selby, Gardner (CMG-Austin) Sent: Monday, August 13, 2018  

Was there any change in law, in 2015 or 2017, stepping up aid tied to student success indicators? If so, what?






3:05 p.m.

I’m not aware of any recent effort to tie financial aid to performance measures. Sen. Seliger did file SB 19 last session relating to performance-based tuition:


Sen. Seliger filed it in 2015 as well – SB 778