ERIC Number: ED448657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Investing in Quality: Tools for Improving Curricular Efficiency.
Ferren, Ann S.; Slavings, Rick
This monograph describes a variety of approaches to understanding how cost and quality are related and offers analytical tools. The analyses focus on the direct cost of instruction for a course, a course of study, or an academic program and do not include related support services such as the library or academic computing. Following an introductory part 1, part 2, "Developing the Tools," focuses on choosing the unit of analysis, and framing the study of quality and cost. Part 3, "Financial Modeling of the Curriculum," describes a variety of questions that might be asked and then shows the mathematical model resulting from the analysis of relevant data. Part 4, "Strategies for Implementing the Tools," considers factors that inhibit academic management and the need for collaboration to achieve new approaches to academic management. Appendixes contain discussions of data sources required to analyze academic productivity and Web site data sources and information. (Contains 9 tables and 16 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Costs, Curriculum Development, Educational Finance, Educational Quality, Efficiency, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.