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ERIC Number: EJ850359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1324-0781
A System-Level Comparison of Cost-Efficiency and Return on Investment Related to Online Course Delivery
Ramage, Thomas
E-Journal of Instructional Science and Technology, v8 n1 2005
This study compared costs and revenues of Illinois community colleges related specifically to online delivery systems in order, first, to determine cost-efficiency and second, to compare the results among online courses at selected community colleges in Illinois. The research question to be answered was: "To what extent are online courses delivered at community colleges in Illinois cost efficient?" The study found that online programs at 83% of the community colleges participating in the study were "not" cost efficient and did "not" provide a positive return on investment. These findings are "not" consistent with the literature. Cost-effectiveness was supported in most other studies, but it was noted that costs varied substantially and were influenced by many factors. (Contains 20 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois