Eye on Education

Youngstown State University President: Under New Performance Funding Formula, Open Enrollment is a Liability

The state budget Gov. John Kasich signed earlier this year ties funding for public colleges and universities to graduation rates and other performance measures.

Now the president of Youngstown State University says the school is moving away from its open-enrollment policy. Under that policy, the school accepted every student who applied.

Besides doing a disservice to the student, admitting students who aren’t prepared for college hurts the university, [President Randy Dunn] said.

Under a new funding formula, about half of the university’s state support is driven by its graduation rate. YSU’s most recent six-year graduation rate is about 37 percent.

Students dropping out negatively affects the rate.

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