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Kelchen paper on performance-based funding referenced in Chronicle article

April 12, 2016

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.

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