ERIC Number: ED024390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
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A Study of the Net Expense of Selected Curricular Programs at East Los Angeles College.
Wells, John Kimball
Rapid growth, limited funds, and vast changes in business and industry have required modification of old and development of new courses in the junior college. A comprehensive review of educational expenditures therefore seemed justified. This study developed a plan of accounting and cost analysis to determine the net cost of certain curricular programs by determining (1) expenditures per weekly student contract hour for each day course taught in the fall 1964 semester, (2) sources of support for each such hour, and (3) the net cost of such an hour in each subject field and in each department. The average net cost per weekly student contact hour was found to be $17.38, within an extreme range. The difference between the most and the least expensive course was $387.04 per hour. The lowest figure, $4.17 for fundamentals of art, was accounted for by a high enrollment and low equipment costs. The highest, $392.21 for a course in bookkeeping machines, was due to small enrollment and expensive equipment. By subject field, the extremes were a general business course at $6.55 and one on office machines at $92.47 per hour. By department, the low and high were psychology at $7.25 and photography at $79.99 per hour. The procedures for collecting the information are described and the data are shown in tables. The figures provide one more criterion for deciding on retention, modification, or introduction of various courses or programs. (HH)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Expenditures, Financial Support, Program Costs, Student Costs, Two Year Colleges, Unit Costs
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles.