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ERIC Number: ED174128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Comparison of Instructional Costs Per Full Time Equivalent Student. Report No. 78-15.
Hample, Stephen R.; Holzapfel, Mary J.
A survey conducted to provide general information on instructional costs at universities similar to Montana State is presented in an effort to demonstrate difficulties involved in comparing costs among different universities. A sample of six comparable financial reports from Rocky Mountain area universities were collected. Figures are provided for the six institutions (not identified by school) including: Idaho State University; New Mexico State University; North Dakota State University; South Dakota State University; University of New Mexico; and University of Wyoming. Although detailed financial reports were received, only approximately half of the collected data could be reconciled into a common format. It is suggested that two major problems exist for this type of a study. First, the press for standard intrastate reporting methods across general types of institutions seems to preclude standard interstate reporting procedures for a specific type of institution. Secondly, significant differences exist in the definition of student credit hours and the calculation of full time equivalent enrollment. (Author/SF)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Cost Effectiveness, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Definitions, Educational Economics, Educational Finance, Expenditure per Student, Full Time Equivalency, Full Time Students, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Instructional Student Costs, Recordkeeping, Research Projects, Standards, State Universities, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Data, Surveys, Undergraduate Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montana State Univ., Bozeman.