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ERIC Number: ED540266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 39
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Four-State Cost Study. Revised
Conger, Sharmila Basu; Bell, Alli; Stanley, Jeff
State Higher Education Executive Officers
As part of Lumina Foundation's state productivity initiative in higher education, the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) hosted a discussion of state level higher education cost studies in May 2008. After subsequent conversations with Jane Wellman, Executive Director of the Delta Cost Project, and SHEEO representatives from four states with substantial cost study data over many years (Florida, Illinois, New York-SUNY, and Ohio), a "meta-analysis" of data from those four states was launched to explore some fundamental issues: (1) By how much do costs vary among disciplines, levels of instruction, and types of institution?; (2) Are these differences stable over time, or have they changed?; and (3) Are these differences consistent among the four states? As detailed in the subsequent pages, these four states showed a similar pattern of credit hour distribution and cost structures across levels of instruction (Lower Division Undergraduate, Upper Division Undergraduate, Graduate I, and Graduate II). Relatively stable over time, these patterns were found both in the aggregate of all disciplines as well as in most individual disciplines: (1) The majority of both student credit hours (80%) and total instructional cost (66%) are represented by the Undergraduate levels of instruction; (2) Almost half (45%) of both total student credit hours and total instructional cost are represented by Upper Division Undergraduate in the majority of disciplines for three states (New York-SUNY was 38%); and (3) Cost per student credit hour increases with increasing instructional levels. Detailed state-specific data on total student credit hours, cost per student credit hour, and total cost of instruction for each of the four cost study states (Florida, Ohio, Illinois, and New York-SUNY is appended. (Contains 20 tables and 9 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Illinois; New York; Ohio