ERIC Number: ED302281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Discipline Cost Analysis for Fiscal Year 1988. Report to the Board of Trustees BT89-3.
Clagett, Craig A.
The discipline cost analysis system for Maryland's community colleges yields information on costs per course, costs per student credit hour, and costs per full-time equivalent student for each intellectual discipline. Costs are assigned to individual course sections and then amalgamated at the discipline level. Total cost figures are the sum of faculty compensation, additional direct instructional costs, and indirect or overhead costs. Three factors account for much of the variation among disciplines: average class size, full-time/part-time faculty ratio, and faculty rank. In fiscal year (FY) 1988, the following figures were calculated for Prince George's Community College (PGCC): (1) the overall cost per full-time equivalent student was $3,096, down 0.7% from FY 1987; (2) for credit courses, the average cost was $3,302, while for noncredit courses the average was $2,603; (3) general education courses in the arts and sciences continued to be more expensive than occupational or continuing education instruction; (4) the disciplines with the highest per student costs were all in health technology; (5) PGCC's costs per student in credit classes were less than both the statewide average and averages for the six largest Maryland community colleges; and (6) adjusting for inflation, PGCC's cost per student in 1987 was less than that of 1980. (AJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD. Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.
Note: For the 1987 report, see ED 293 591.