ERIC Number: ED161403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
Using Comparative Data in the Development of an Investment Needs Model For the State of Michigan. AIR Forum Paper 1978.
Freeman, Thomas M.; Skubal, Jacqueline
During 1977-78 the refinement of a comprehensive investment model for higher education institutions in Michigan involved data collection and analysis. The best available data were solicited from a number of states and individual institutions for the refinement of the staffing ratios and costs of instruction in the model. Data were provided by 15 state systems and 40 additional individual institutions. The structure, focus, definitions, and other characteristics of cost and/or workload data varied considerably among the institutions. The analysis of the data resulted in two matrices: "Student Credit Hours/Full-Time Equivalent Faculty by Discipline and Level" and "Cost per Student Credit Hour by Discipline and Level." Because of the difficulty of comparing data from one institution or state with another, the information should be used with reservations. Despite efforts by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems to promote commonality of data, many institutions have not internalized their tools. An outline is presented of the various forms under which the data were submitted, and a discussion is provided of the procedures used to aggregate and disaggregate the data to make it usable. Implications of data analysis and a commentary on the state of the art of cost analysis and work load measurement among states and individual institutions are discussed. (SW)
Descriptors: College Administration, Comparative Analysis, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Educational Finance, Faculty Workload, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Instructional Student Costs, Models, Multicampus Colleges, Needs Assessment, School Funds, State Universities, Statewide Planning, Unit Costs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual Association for Institutional Research Forum (18th, Houston, Texas, May 21-25, 1978); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.