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ERIC Number: ED077401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Instructional Costs Per Student Credit Hour Fall Quarter 1971.
Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville.
The appropriations formula used by the Tennessee Higher Education to generate operating budget requests for the colleges and universities annually is dependent on a detailed study of instruction and departmental research costs. This publication contains the results of this cost study made in the fall of 1971. The basic unit of measurement that comes under scrutiny in the Commission's instructional cost study is the student credit hour. Professional salaries, support salaries, operating expenses, and equipment charges are allocated to the student credit hour so as to yield cost per hour by (1) academic program, (2) student class level, and (3) institution. From cost data collected by the various institutions, statewide average costs by student credit hour by program and by level are computed and used in the budget process to request instruction and departmental research monies that now comprise 54% of the operating budget for educational expenditures in the Tennessee public institutions. The cost per student credit hour is used additionally to identify high cost academic programs, and can thus be used in the internal management of the institution. (Author/HS)
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Authoring Institution: Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville.