The National Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity, better known to many of you as the Delaware 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 1992, nearly 600 institutions have participated in the 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 2013 – 2014 data collection cycle (examining Fall 2012 and Fiscal Year 2012 – 2013 data) of the National Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity is now open and we invite you to participate.
As the new Director of the Higher Education Consortia, which administers the Study, I know that the past decade has brought about tremendous change in higher education, and with this change, new questions have emerged, creating new data demands. I am very sensitive to these additional demands, born largely by institutional research departments, often without additional resources. That is why in the coming months, the Consortia will be releasing several innovations which we hope will improve our service to you. One innovation is the delivery of video content, which you will gain access to as an institutional participant. The first of these videos accompanies this participation invitation which you can watch here. Although you can always read our Delaware Study instructions and definitions, in subsequent videos, we will be walking you through the data collection process as well as best practices. Thus, if this is the first year at your institution collecting these data, or, if you’re an expert who just needs a quick refresher, these short videos will be available to you.
Another innovation we will be offering to our participants in the Cost Study is access to the Higher Education Consortia listserv. For the first time, the Consortia listserv will provide a forum for you to ask questions and address issues related to the Study, as well as provide a forum for broader discussions concerning benchmarking instructional costs and productivity. This year, these improvements and innovations to the Study are available at no additional charge and we will keep the participation fee $1,000, for the third consecutive year. For additional details about services available to you please visit the fee schedule, where you can make a secure online payment.
Welcome to our website and if you have any questions, comments, or institutional peers you would like to see participate please do not hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to hearing from you, growing the Study, and our relationship this year, and for years to come.
John Barnshaw, Ph.D.
Higher Education Consortia