State universities should revisit the history of Performance-Based Funding of higher education. A uniform approach will not work well. Instead, there must be as many performance models as there are universities in a state. While attainable, this is an especially challenging goal.

Some states have applied such standards to public colleges and universities, where they have often met stiff resistance. Academic leaders argue that there is no uniform agreement on the measures for evaluating performance in higher education and that yearly redistribution of funds based on such measures could make long-term planning impossible.

Kenneth Ashworth, Former Executive Director of the Texas Board of Higher Education, Change 1994