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New Mexico ties university funding to performance

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Higher education officials in New Mexico are urging lawmakers to tie more funding for universities, colleges and specialized schools to performance goals.

State Higher Education Secretary Barbara Damron recommended Tuesday that the Legislature increase the percentage of funding linked to performance goals from to 8 percent from the current 6.5 percent.

Gov. Susana Martinez has said the state’s universities need to increase counseling efforts and reduce undergraduate degree programs to 120 hours to help students graduate on time.

Damron also was expected to provide members of the Legislative Finance Committee with an update on the state’s lottery scholarship program.

Officials have been concerned in recent years because lottery proceeds that fuel the scholarship program haven’t kept pace with rising college tuition and demand for financial assistance.