Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University


State Comprehensive Universities (SCUs) face numerous challenges. In the face of radically reduced support from state legislatures, SCU students and their parents remain extremely sensitive to the costs of higher education and rising tuition rates. For SCU faculty, workloads and expectations balloon, many see the academy shifting from under their feet, and more still believe that they have little say in their institutions’ direction going forward. Amid this thicket of complexity, student success has taken center stage as an important—perhaps the most important—foundation for institutional well-being. For SCUs, there is a growing expectation to retain and graduate ever more students. Increasingly, this expectation is driving institutional budgeting—“performance funding” is now a reality for many SCUs and it will surely be a reality for many more in the future.