The creation of performance funding in Michigan: Partnership, promotion and points


  • Renata Opoczynski Michigan State University



higher education, performance funding, state policy


While accountability in higher education has been a topic of debate for decades, in recent years the discussions have shifted to emphasize efficiency and economic measures of success. A prominent example of this accountability movement is the increase in popularity of performance funding policies. One of the most recent states to implement performance funding is Michigan, which began their performance funding policy in 2012. This study explored the creation and implementation of the state of Michigan’s performance funding policy. In particular, the decision making processes institutional administrators and state leaders engaged in while designing, promoting, and implementing the policy. Using a case study design and interviewing both higher education administrators and state leaders who were involved in the creation of the performance funding policy in Michigan yielded five large trends: 1) The importance of advocacy coalitions; 2) Securing support through a focus on higher education affordability; 3) Concerns with how to measure data and compare institutions; 4) Insufficient financial incentives; and 5) Limited impact on institutional decision making.


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Author Biography

Renata Opoczynski, Michigan State University

Renata Opoczynski is a doctoral candidate in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on how state policy and institutional decision making influence access and equity and how policies are created, implemented and analyzed.




How to Cite

Opoczynski, R. (2016). The creation of performance funding in Michigan: Partnership, promotion and points. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 24, 122.