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ERIC Number: ED174093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
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Size and Efficiency. AIR Forum 1979 Paper.
McLaughlin, Gerald W.; And Others
The relationship between enrollment and costs at colleges and universities is examined. The question of whether large size provides economy of scale for operating and the manner in which complexity, size, costs, and enrollment interrelate are addressed. Data were analyzed from a national sample of 1,347 four-year universities, with an enrollment between 200 and 40,000 students, that provided adequate information on the 1975 Higher Education General Information Survey. The path analysis of the study model revealed that size does have a direct effect on cost per student; however, the amount is small and is eclipsed by the far greater effect of changes in the staffing ratio and by changes in curricular complexity. The staffing ratio has the greatest direct effect on costs. These staffing ratios, however, appear to be independent of other factors in the model, essentially resulting from external influences. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1979
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (19th, San Diego, California, May 13-17, 1979)