ERIC Number: ED335456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Study of Cost of Distance Education Institutes with Different Size Classes in India.
A study of the cost of distance education institutes in India with different size classes involved nine institutions. The sample included 47 percent of total enrollment in distance education institutions in India. The study was restricted to recurring costs and examined the shares of different components of costs and the sources of funding. It tested the hypothesis that the cost per student declines with increase in enrollment. An analysis of the components of costs showed that the absence of uniform staff requirements created different environments in which distance education institutions in India operated. Pooled regression analysis for 83 observations of all the distance education institutions, using dummy variables for each institution separately, confirmed the negative relationship between enrollment and cost per student, that is, as enrollment increased, cost per student had a tendency to decline. Regression analysis of data from 1984-85 and 1985-86 made clear the negative correlation between enrollment and cost per student, though the r values indicated that the relationship was weak and not very significant. The hypothesis that an increase in enrollment resulted in a decline in costs was found to be valid. Enrollment and proportion of honors students in total enrollment were confirmed as being positively correlated to unit cost of education per student. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi (India).
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