- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas House has approved a bill to tie higher education funding to student progress.

The bill uses a “performance-based” model to set funding at state colleges and universities and was on Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s agenda for this year’s legislative session. He said he would propose an additional $10 million in higher education funding if it becomes law.

Colleges and universities last year shared $733 million.

Funding is currently based on enrollment, but the bill’s supporters say it’s more appropriate to tie funding to student performance.

Questions were raised during Monday’s session about schools with older, non-traditional, students who often take classes while working at regular jobs, and whether faculty might inflate grades to ensure a steady stream of money.

The bill passed 80-10 and now goes to the Senate.

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