ERIC Number: ED279357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Dec
Reference Count: 0
An Instructional Cost Estimation Model for the XYZ Community College.
Edmonson, William F.
An enrollment-driven model for estimating instructional costs is presented in this paper as developed by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). After stating the principles of the WICHE planning system (i.e., various categories of data are gathered, segmented, and then cross-tabulated against one another to yield certain measures of "resource productivity" and cost), an example of the application of the model for a fictitious institution, XYZ Community College, is presented. Summaries of the fall semester enrollment data; student enrollment by division and student contact hours by division; and faculty salaries by division are presented first, followed by projections of (1) direct faculty costs per student contact hour (SCH), as determined by dividing the division costs by the total SCH's in each division; (2) division student workload, as determined by dividing SCH's in each division by the number of faculty members in that division; and (3) faculty staffing adjustments to correct variances. Concluding comments discuss possible applications of the cost estimation model in studying the implications of alternative instructional and programmatic decisions. (LAL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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