Finally, an analytical tool that allows you to benchmark teaching workloads, instructional costs and productivity, by academic discipline.
Answers to these questions can be found in a detailed data base, accessible through the National Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity (Delaware Cost Study). Participation in the Delaware Cost Study affords you clear, concise analysis of data on teaching loads by faculty category, direct cost of instruction, and externally funded research and service productivity. The Delaware Cost Study enables you to compare your institutional data with national benchmarks arrayed by Carnegie institution type and by highest degree offered and undergraduate/graduate program mix within a discipline. Moreover, you may select your own custom group of peer institutions against whom you'd like to benchmark your data. Consider the power of the information in the following charts, taken from an actual department in the Delaware Cost Study:
The ability to assess departmental instructional costs and national disciplinary benchmarks allows for better-informed decisions with regard to resource allocation and utilization.
Over 600 colleges and universities, including:
Some 39 states currently have, or are contemplating legislation or regulations mandating faculty accountability reporting. If higher education does not develop credible reporting techniques, external bodies will intervene. The Delaware Cost Study meets that need for a credible, national benchmarking tool.
To learn more about the Delaware Cost Study, contact:
Interim Program Manager, Higher Education Consortia
University of Delaware
330 Hullihen Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Voice: (302) 831-2021
Fax: (302) 831-8530
Please note that a companion study is available for two-year instituitons, and more information can be found at the National Community College Cost & Productivity Project.