Institutional Characteristics That Lead to Increased Student Success Points for Community Colleges in Texas

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Higher Education Leadership

Date of Award

Summer 2017


Over 40% of undergraduates in the United States attend a community college; however, fewer than 50% complete a degree or certificate within 6 years. As a result, national and state leaders have endorsed completion agenda initiatives, including performance-based funding (PBF). Texas implemented a form of PBF for the 2014-2015 Academic Year (AY) referred to as student success points. Based on completion of developmental education courses, gateway courses, college credit attainment of 15 and 30 hours, credentials awarded, and transfer to a 4-year institution, community colleges receive success points when students attain these goals. The colleges then earn $185 in state funding per success point.


Charlotte Larkin

Subject Categories

Education | Educational Leadership | Higher Education