ERIC Number: EJ1048296
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Program Costs and Student Completion
Manning, Terri M.; Crosta, Peter M.
New Directions for Community Colleges, n168 p41-51 Win 2014
Community colleges are under pressure to increase completion rates, prepare students for the workplace, and contain costs. Colleges need to know the financial implications of what are often perceived as routine decisions: course scheduling, program offerings, and the provision of support services. This chapter presents a methodology for estimating the cost of instructional programs for completers who follow the program's curriculum (program cost) and for students who follow a different trajectory, often not even completing a program (pathway cost). Together these measures provide important insights to guide decision makers.
Descriptors: Program Costs, Graduation Rate, Decision Making, College Planning, College Administration, Budgets, Program Budgeting, Unit Costs, Cost Effectiveness, Input Output Analysis, Academic Persistence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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