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Introduced Version - Originating in Committee House Concurrent Resolution 160 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. –160

(By Delegates M. Poling, Stowers, Barill, Campbell,

Fragale, Lawrence, Perry, Pethtel, Tomblin, Walker, Westfall,

Williams, Young, Pasdon, Ambler, Butler, Cooper, Espinosa,

Evans, Hamrick, Rowan and Sumner)

[Originating in the Committee on Education]

(April 11, 2013)

 

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study regarding outcomes-based funding models used in higher education and a method of incorporating one or more of these models as an effective piece of the state’s higher education financing policy.

    Whereas, It is in the best interest of the citizens of West Virginia to have an affordable, effective and comprehensive system for the delivery of public higher education services; and

    Whereas, In order to achieve desired goals of economic growth and societal well being, it is critical that more citizens have some level of education beyond high school; and

    Whereas, West Virginia Code has established goals and objectives that state institutions are expected to work toward achieving by the year 2020, and also provides mechanisms for measuring success, and for holding the state systems of higher education accountable; and

    Whereas, Clear connections can be made between the budget cycle, the goals and objectives for higher education and both positive and negative consequences for institutions; and

    Whereas, An effective tool for influencing and directing public higher education behavior, and ensuring that institutions focus on the public policy agenda, is to establish outcomes-based goals, accountability measures and regulatory devices; and

    Whereas, Resources appropriated to public higher education are used most effectively and efficiently when the attention of state colleges and universities is focused on meeting established priorities; and

    Whereas, This focus is developed and sustained only when the state financing policy contains a direct connection between the Legislature’s power to appropriate money and desired institutional outcomes; and

    Whereas, Establishing a financing policy that ties funding directly to progress on achieving established state goals and objectives is a critical component of achieving those goals for higher education; and therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to conduct a study regarding outcomes-based funding models used in higher education and a method of incorporating one or more of these models as an effective piece of the state’s higher education financing policy; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the Legislature, on the first day of the regular session, 2014, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations together with drafts of any legislation to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

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