In this report, we examined five kinds of equity-focused metrics in state OBF policies to determine the extent to which states prioritize the enrollment and success of students of color and students from low-income backgrounds:

  1. Enrollment metrics for students of color
  2. Success metrics for students of color
  3. Enrollment metrics for students from low-income backgrounds
  4. Success metrics for students from low-income backgrounds
  5. Metrics related to campus racial climate

While the inclusion of these metrics in policies is essential, how they are deployed is equally as important. Therefore, we also considered whether the metrics were mandatory, optional, or weighted. Weighted metrics are the most ideal. These are mandatory and are given additional value, so strong institutional performance on a weighted metric would garner greater advantage or funding.

Two-Year Institutions

Illinois adopted outcomes-based funding in 2012. It is allocated as base funding annually.

Performance based funding was legislated by the Illinois General Assembly in June 2012 via Public Act 97-320, which requires public higher education institutions to have a performance funding component in their annual budget.

The metrics include:

    • Degree and certificate completion
    • Degree and certificate completion of at-risk students who are
      • Pell-eligible
      • Enrolled in developmental courses
    • Transfer to a four-year Institution
    • Developmental advancement
    • Momentum Points
    • Transfer to a community college

The policy does not include a campus climate metric.

The policy is overseen by the Illinois Community College Board. To learn more, visit

Two-Year Institutions

Enrollment of Students of Color None
Success of Students of Color None
Enrollment of Students From Low-Income Backgrounds None
Success of Students From Low-Income Backgrounds Mandatory
Measure Related to Campus Climate None

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Outcomes-Based Funding Map