ERIC Number: ED232586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating the Reliability of Indices from IEP. AIR 1983 Annual Forum Paper.
McLaughlin, Gerald W.; And Others
The Information Exchange Procedures (IEP), which were developed through a project sponsored by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, are briefly described, and the application of the IEP in Virginia is examined. The IEP were designed to enhance the institution's ability to identify alternatives in the allocation of resources and related management functions. The procedures for IEP consist of merging three categories of data: course enrollments, faculty activities, and financial expenditures. In the mid-1970s Virginia adopted the IEP costing procedures (with some modifications) to provide information on modified direct cost. A study was conducted to evaluate the stability and consistency of IEP unit costs and productivity ratios for two major research universities for 1978-1979 and 1980-1981. It was assumed that figures for comparable activities at similar universities would have consistency and similarity over time. Two indices were obtained: direct cost per student credit hour and student credit hours generated per full-time equivalent faculty position. The assumption of comparability was found to be less valid than stability over time, since errors over institutions were larger than errors over time. This finding casts doubt on the reliability of comparing IEP indices across research universities. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; College Costs; Information Exchange Procedures; Peer Institutions; Virginia
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (23rd, Toronto, Ontario, May 23-26, 1983).