ERIC Number: ED430426
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
BRIDGE: A Simulation Model for Comparing the Costs of Expanding a Campus Using Distributed Instruction versus Classroom Instruction. Documentation and Instructions.
These instructions describe the use of BRIDGE, a computer software simulation model that is designed to compare the costs of expanding a college campus using distributed instruction (television or asynchronous network courses) versus the costs of expanding using lecture/lab type instruction. The model compares the projected operating and capital costs of the two types of campuses over a period of years, with cost projections based on the values of approximately 100 parameters that describe the general context of the simulation, and the resource requirements and associated costs of the lecture/lab and mediated campuses. The instructions provide a step-by-step guide to using the BRIDGE software, including the adjustment of default settings. Five appendixes provide information on the implications of various combinations of remote sites and campus course-sharing options, average section enrollment versus average annual enrollment, faculty salary calculations, distribution of faculty effort, and BRIDGE the web site. (MDM)
Descriptors: College Instruction, Colleges, Computer Simulation, Computer Software, Cost Effectiveness, Cost Estimates, Costs, Distance Education, Educational Finance, Educational Planning, Higher Education, Models, Traditional Schools, Universities
Chancellor's Office, California State University, P.O. Box 3842, Seal Beach, CA 90740-7842; Tel: 562-985-9156.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.; EDUCAUSE, Washington, DC.; State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Seal Beach. Office of the Chancellor.