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Scott Walker calls for tying higher ed dollars to completion rates

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) wants to overhaul public higher education funding in his state, but his proposed agenda has been criticized by Democratic opponents as “social engineering” that could prevent students from studying what they’re passionate about, the Huffington Post reports. In a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation in Simi Valley, Calif. on Friday, Walker announced plans to reform how Wisconsin colleges receive appropriations, tying the funding to college completion rates and pushing for more students to study certain high-demand majors, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

“We’re going to tie our funding in our technical colleges and our University of Wisconsin System into performance and say, if you want money, we need you to perform,” Walker said. “In higher education, that means not only degrees, but are young people getting degrees in jobs that are open and needed today — not just the jobs that the universities want to give us, or degrees that people want to give us.”

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