ERIC Number: ED373624
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
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Interinstitutional Comparison of Instructional Costs and Productivity, by Academic Discipline: A National Study. AIR 1994 Annual Forum Paper.
Middaugh, Michael F.
An examination of instructional costs and productivity was conducted in a national study of publicly supported colleges and universities. Of an initial pool of institutions selected from two national associations of colleges and universities, 101 participated including 58 comprehensive institutions, 22 doctoral institutions, 16 research institutions, and 5 liberal arts institutions. Data analysis looked at four ratios: student credit hours taught per full time equivalent (FTE) faculty; FTE students taught per FTE faculty; direct institutional cost per student credit hour, and direct instructional cost per FTE student taught. Each ratio is displayed by institutional classification and academic discipline. Findings included the following: (1) doctoral institutions showed heavier teaching loads than comprehensive or research institutions and at lower instructional cost levels; (2) doctoral institutions were less costly than comprehensive institutions in the humanities, mathematics, computer sciences and behavioral and social sciences; (3) comprehensive institutions were less costly in fine arts, natural and physical sciences, business curricula, and preprofessional curricula; (4) research institution generally spent more per FTE student taught than either comprehensive or doctoral institutions; and (5) regular faculty on appointment were the single strongest contributor to direct instructional expenditures. Appendixes contain extensive tables of data and other information on participating institutions. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: AIR Forum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (34th, New Orleans, LA, May 29-June 1 1994).