The National Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity, better known to many of you as the Delaware Cost Study, is generally acknowledged as the “tool of choice” for comparative analysis of faculty teaching loads, direct instructional cost, and separately budgeted scholarly activity at the level of academic discipline. Since its inception in 1996, over 600 institutions have participated in the Delaware Cost Study. The Study continues to be used by major data consortia and state agencies such as the Association of American Universities Data Exchange (AAUDE), the Southern Universities Group (SUG), the University of North Carolina (UNC) System, and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), among others.
The 2014 – 2015 data collection cycle (examining Fall 2013 and Fiscal Year 2013 – 2014 data) of the National Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity is now open and we invite you to participate
From our conversations, it is clear you enjoy the accessibility of being able to call or e-mail us whenever you have a question or concern and feel assured that you will have a response within 48 business hours. We plan to continue that level of service for the foreseeable future as well as expand our in-person accessibility through a series of upcoming presentations and/or workshops at conferences in the northeast, south, southeast, midwest, and mountain-western United States as well as internationally in Canada. We also will be continuing our virtual accessibility through our webinar series, of which more than 100 of you participated in the past month.
We are also committed to improving the usability of the Delaware Cost Study. Although there is already a great deal of content on Delaware Cost Study definitions, contingencies, and uses, based upon your feedback, we are in the process of streamlining our sites to make it easier to find what you need. In addition to a fresh look and greater usability within our portal, we will be including areas for best practices of data collection and data utilization and video demonstrations, the first of which you can view here.
Finally, it is our goal to improve the capability of the Delaware Cost Study. Greater capability means that you have the power to benchmark your data with more units and institutions not just overall, but among comparators that make sense for your institution. Over the past year, we have increased our institutional participation about 20 percent, making this the highest year on record since we went to a payment structure. This institutional expansion also means that three of the four major Carnegie Classifications have oversamples for peer institutions, so the capacity to find more comparable peers is likely greater than ever before!
In order to continue our expansion in capacity, I am inviting you to take advantage of our ‘early bird’ pricing option and lock in your commitment to participate in the 2014 Delaware Cost Study by October 31, where the participation fee will remain $1,000, for the fourth consecutive year. By gaining your commitment earlier in the cycle, we hope to be able to spend the later part of the Fall reaching out to other institutions and encouraging them to participate. On November 1, 2014, the participation fee will be $1,250, unless a payment is received after the January 30, 2015 data submission deadline. We have not added or removed any Delaware Cost Study fields, so if you would like to request the 2014 – 2015 Data Collection Form, you may do so simply by clicking here. For additional details about services available to you please visit the fee schedule, where you can make a secure online payment.
In closing, I hope you can take two minutes and click here to answer a few brief statements as that would be most helpful for our planning purposes over the coming months. As always, you can contact me anytime at 302.831.2021 with your questions, critiques, suggestions, or list of institutional peers that you think should participate in the Study.
I look forward to hearing from you, growing the Study, and our relationship this year, and for many years to come.
John Barnshaw, Ph.D.
Higher Education Consortia