Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Proposal would have Ky. colleges compete for funding

(AP) — The universities of Kentucky and Louisville already compete with each other for basketball titles, now they might have to compete for something else: state funding.

Senate Republicans outlined a proposal on Tuesday that would pit the two schools against each other in a competition of various education standards. The winner would get 100 percent of their budget allocation while the loser would get less. The competition would only apply to 25 percent of an institution's state funding.

The state's two research universities would compete with each other, while the five other state schools that offer four-year degrees would compete among themselves. 

Kentucky's system of 16 community and technical colleges would compete in a third tier. Kentucky State University would be exempt.

Schools would be rewarded for producing more degrees in science, technology, engineering, math and health fields.