Incentivizing Diversity: Midwestern Performance Funding Policy and Diversity Indicators

Sosanya Jones, EdD

This report presents a multi-case study examining postsecondary performance funding policies in four Midwestern states (including Illinois) and explores how each policy’s metrics and weights address racial diversity in higher education. This important research addresses gaps in the literature concerning the development and use of state performance funding policy to incentivize racial diversity goals in higher education. Dr. Jones provides recommendations to help policymakers move past symbolic efforts to address racial diversity in higher education and increase the participation and retention of underrepresented students of color, and guidance for researchers planning future studies on performance funding policy and institutional diversity goals.