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The U.N.C. System is weighing how to fund universities based on performance

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The U.N.C. System board of governors is refining a plan to move public universities to a performance-based funding model.

The U.N.C. System board of governors is refining a plan to move public universities to a performance-based funding model.

U.N.C. System officials say the main purpose of the new funding model is to incentivize universities to meet the system's strategic goals -- things like graduating more in-state students on time.

In the past, universities were allotted state funding based primarily on their total student enrollment. But enrollment is now declining in the U.N.C. System.

Board member Lee Roberts said the new funding model would mitigate the effect that falling enrollment would have on funding.

“I'd note that 13 schools do better under the performance funding model than under the old enrollment model, two schools do slightly worse,” he explained.

The U.N.C. System has not yet released which universities might fare worse under the new model.