UW-Madison's Noel Radomski, associate researcher and managing director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), was quoted in a Badger Herald article discussing the implications of a UW System task force recommendation to pilot a pay-per-credit summer tuition model.
Though the original proposal would have given campuses the option to test the per-credit model for the regular academic year, Radomski said they "may have taken a step back from that approach out of fear that it was too drastic a change."
However, Radomski explained that there is a large push “to get students to graduate faster” so that campuses can enroll more students, spurring the push for summer pay-per-credit programs.
According to the article, the goal of this trial would be to collect data on potential changes in student enrollment. Radomski explained that campuses may be restricted to a “revenue-neutral approach.” This approach would “ensure the proposal is intended to study how a shift to the per-credit model impacts summer course enrollment and not an attempt at squeezing out extra profit.”
Radomski warned that the transition to a pay-per-credit model would impact revenue and the time it takes to get a degree, in addition to having differential impact on low-income versus high-income students.