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:
- Enrollment metrics for students of color
- Success metrics for students of color
- Enrollment metrics for students from low-income backgrounds
- Success metrics for students from low-income backgrounds
- 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.
North Carolina adopted outcomes-based funding in 1998 and revamped it in 2012. It is allocated as 2% of base funding annually.
The metrics for North Carolina Community Colleges are as follows:
- Success of students in college-level English courses
- Success of students in college-level math courses
- First-year progression
- Licensure and certification passing rates
- College transfer performance
- Curriculum completion
- Student progress on basic skills
- High school equivalency diploma attainment
The policy does not have a campus climate metric.
The policy is overseen by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. To learn more, visit https://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/sites/default/files/data-warehouse/2019_performance_measures_report.pdf.
|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||None|
|Measure Related to Campus Climate||None|
Outcomes-Based Funding Map