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"Martha Snyder: Setting a context for outcomes-based funding models" is a podcast interview with Martha Snyder, Senior Associate with HCM Strategists and author of Driving Better Outcomes: Typology and Principles to Inform Outcomes-Based Funding Models. Snyder provides an overview of outcomes-based funding, including its relationship to performance based funding and its differences with historic and enrollment based funding models. Additionally, Snyder addresses common concerns with outcomes-based funding such as its potentially negative impact on underserved populations and diminished quality of education. Noting the uniqueness of outcomes-based funding being focused on completion, Snyder emphasizes the importance of context as states consider and design these funding models and provides broad suggestions for effective funding models.

Interview facilitation, commentary and discussion presented by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin, and Elise Scanlon of Radio Higher Ed.

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Copyright © 2015 Radio Higher Ed . All Rights Reserved. Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0 Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network.

RadioHigherEd040F001.mp3 (1637 kB)
The state policy agenda: linkages between outcomes based funding (“OBF”) models and state higher education attainment needs(1:44)

RadioHigherEd040F002.mp3 (4096 kB)
Distinguishing outcomes based funding from historical enrollment/budget based models(4:22)

RadioHigherEd040F003.mp3 (3004 kB)
Does outcomes-based funding really improve attainment?(3:12)

RadioHigherEd040F004.mp3 (2505 kB)
Unintended consequences of OBF and the importance of maintaining quality (2:40)

RadioHigherEd040F005.mp3 (2536 kB)
Opting in and out: why would certain states choose not to participate? (2:42)

RadioHigherEd040F006.mp3 (4035 kB)
Stakeholder buy-in and other common elements of successful OBF initiatives (4:18)

RadioHigherEd040F007.mp3 (2098 kB)
Relating other policy initiatives to OBF (2:14)

RadioHigherEd040F008.mp3 (1840 kB)
The need for customization: accounting for individual state needs, priorities and governance(1:57)

RadioHigherEd040F009.mp3 (1022 kB)
Martha’s magic wand: no artificial barriers to higher education attainment for students (1:05)

RadioHigherEd040F010.mp3 (5940 kB)
Analysis: Commentators explore additional themes including retention and programmatic application for OBF (6:20)