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University Funding to Be Tied to Performance

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Science  30 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5415, pp. 725-726
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5415.725

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MILAN-- Italy's reformist minister for universities and research, Ortensio Zecchino, is taking on the country's inefficient university system. A new bill, now awaiting the attention of the relevant parliamentary committee, would force universities to conduct annual assessments of the quality of their teaching and research and tie their level of government funding to the outcome. It would also give professors monetary incentives to get their students to complete their degrees and pass their exams on time.