JEFFERSON CITY — College presidents from across Missouri convened Thursday in Jefferson City to discuss performance funding as a solution to fix problem of dwindling state support for higher education.
The gathering was Gov. Jay Nixon's second annual higher education summit.
Missouri was once considered a national model for performance funding, which links funding of public colleges to such measurable accomplishments as graduation rates. State leaders abandoned that approach a decade ago amid an economic slide.
A Tennessee-based consultant told the nearly 200 higher education officials at the summit that several states are seeing measurable academic improvement in response to such an approach.