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[November 13, 2012]
BRIEF: Tennessee universities doing more to graduate students, Haslam says -- new from PolitiFact Tennessee
Nov 13, 2012 (The Commercial Appeal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- When we saw the Oct. 18 edition of Time magazine -- its higher education issue -- we found Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam listed as one of eight people the magazine consulted for "8 Ideas to Improve Higher Education." Haslam's article: "Tie Funding to Graduation Rates." The governor described the big changes in the focus and funding of Tennessee's public higher education system brought about by the Complete College Tennessee Act, which was approved by the Tennessee legislature in 2010 at the behest of then-governor Phil Bredesen.
Among other things, Haslam wrote: "Instead of funding ... based on enrollments, states should use a formula that pays institutions for success in key areas like progress toward and completion of degrees and credentials. ... Tennessee remains the only state to have a 100 percent outcomes-based model ... (and) we are already seeing this model changing the way our postsecondary institutions do business." We decided to look at Haslam's claims. Is Tennessee already seeing institutions of higher learning adjust how they do business because of the change to outcomes-based funding To see our ruling, head over to CommercialAppeal.com/PolitiFact.
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