ERIC Number: ED118185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jan-22
Reference Count: N/A
Contact-Credit Hour Ratio: Can Narrowing the Gap Lead to Legitimate Cost-Savings?
Macomb County Community Coll., Warren, MI.
All liberal arts courses at Macomb County Community College where teacher contact with students exceeded the hours for which students obtained academic credit were examined, and comparisons were made with five neighboring universities and eight neighboring community colleges. Macomb's practice of paying for additional teaching time out of general revenues was found to be the most usual practice among the schools in the sample. However, for every course at Macomb in which the contact-credit hour ratio exceeded 1:1, at least one post-secondary institution in the sample, usually a university, had a contact-credit hour ratio considerably lower than Macomb's. If Macomb adopted a lower contact-credit hour ratio, considerable savings would result, because instructors would be generating more credit hours per full teaching load. Calculating according to the lowest ratios of the colleges in the sample, $357,504 would have been the savings in liberal arts for 1974-75. (NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Macomb County Community Coll., Warren, MI.