HB 3828: Incentive Funding for Universities

The highlight of Monday's committee meetings was Chairman Morrison's HB 3828 - institutional performance incentive funding - in her House Committee on Higher Education.

The bill includes several matrices which reward schools with new money for reaching targets based upon at-risk student success and critical field completion in such disciplines as engineering, nursing and computer science.  Testimony was nearly unanimous in its support, with the notable exception of the Texas Community College Teachers Association, which opposed it on the grounds that it may lead to grade inflation and does not reward the other missions of higher education.

Senate Education Committee Chair Florence Shapiro is carrying the companion legislation.