A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education references a paper authored by Robert Kelchen, a WISCAPE affiliate, with Luke J. Stedrak. Both Kelchen and Stedrak are assistant professors at Seton Hall University.
Kelchen and Stedrak’s paper shows reductions in federal Pell Grant funding on a per-student basis for public colleges that are subject to performance-based funding, as compared with public colleges that are not. This suggests that colleges subject to performance-based funding are shifting their enrollment away from low-income students.
The result illustrates “the tension between college access and success,” explains the article, which is focused on how budgetary pressures disadvantage needy students.