Obama Touts Tennessee's College Funding Rules

President Barack Obama’s call on Thursday for states to follow Tennessee’s lead and award greater funding to colleges that show results with students pushed the state’s evolving education policies into the national spotlight once again.
August 23, 2013

President Barack Obama’s call on Thursday for states to follow Tennessee’s lead and award greater funding to colleges that show results with students pushed the state’s evolving education policies into the national spotlight once again.

Obama urged other states to follow Tennessee, Indiana and Ohio in offering more funds to colleges that do a better job of preparing students for graduation and a job.

He also proposed a broad new government rating system for colleges that would judge schools on their affordability and could be used to allocate federal financial aid.

“We can’t price the middle class — and people working to get into the middle class — out of a college education,” Obama said during a speech at the University at Buffalo.

Tennessee is in the third year of linking funds for public colleges to student outcomes — including progress toward graduation and actual graduation rates — instead of how many people fill the seats.

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