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ERIC Number: ED127852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov-13
Reference Count: 0
Instructional Cost Analysis: History and Present Inadequacies.
Humphrey, David A.
The cost analysis of instruction is conducted according to principles of teaching and learning that have often become historically dated. Using today's costing systems prevents determination of whether cost effectiveness actually exists. The patterns of instruction in higher education and the systems employed for instructional cost analysis are not compatible. The problems are directly attributable to the accounting systems used and their corresponding analytical techniques. What is needed is a better understanding of the instructional process by those designing cost analysis programs. Emphasis on increased flexibility should be a paramount consideration. Particular emphasis must be placed upon defining and assessing the relationship between campus academic departments and those agencies referred to as support services that are assuming increasing responsibilities for the direct provision of instructional material. Resolution of this matter will necessitate a thorough re-examination of instructional costing procedures. (Author/LBH)
Descriptors: Accountability, Accounting, Budgeting, Conference Reports, Cost Effectiveness, Cost Estimates, Cost Indexes, Educational Finance, Efficiency, Expenditures, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Materials, Operating Expenses, Program Costs, Speeches, Unit Costs
Educational Development, State University of New York, Albany, New York
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Behavior Research and Technology in Higher Education (3rd, Atlanta, Georgia, November 13, 1975)