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Welcome to the 2015 – 2016 data collection cycle of the National Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity (The Delaware Cost Study).

See our “News and Updates” page for new and exciting updates to the Delaware Cost Study!


This cycle of the study will examine 2014 Fall semester and Fiscal Year 2014 – 2015 data. Since its inception in 1992, nearly 700 institutions have participated in the study making it the ‘tool of choice’ for comparative analysis of faculty teaching loads, direct instructional cost, and separately budgeted scholarly activity. Many of you have come to rely upon the study as an analytical tool for helping you make management, planning, and policy decisions to promote unit and institutional improvement. My goal, with your help, is to improve the study by focusing on quality, security and innovation.

In the coming months, we will be implementing measures to enhance the value of participation in the study. We have implemented a terms-of-use policy to insure the confidentiality and integrity of the study data. We are launching a web-based data submission portal to improve the experience of providing and validating institutional data. We are initiating research projects which will use the most current years’ data together with historical data from the Delaware Cost Study, to enhance our knowledge of the factors that influence instructional cost and productivity. The research findings will build on the foundational knowledge that has guided the appropriate use of the cost study data for over a decade. This research will involve collaboration in partnership with scholars from outside the Higher Education Consortia. The research is designed to insure that no institutional participant data in the Delaware Cost Study will be identifiable. The results will be reported at the aggregate level and will be shared with consortia members prior to publication.

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 last three years, we have increased our institutional participation about 15 percent each year, with over 250 schools participating in 2014. 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.

We will be collecting data to capture more information about degrees awarded and online learning activity. We have designed the additions to the data collection process to involve a minimum of changes. The participation fee will be $1,250 with a discount of $250 for participants who register by October 31, 2015. For additional information please see the data collection form and examine the fee schedule, where you can make a secure online payment. Please note the data submission deadline of January 31, 2016.

Relationships matter to us very much. Over the past two decades, many of you have consistently participated in the Delaware Study and have built lasting professional relationships with the staff. We are committed to continuing to serve the members of the consortia and to provide quality data for decision making in a rapidly changing environment. Please contact me anytime at 302.831.2021 with your questions, concerns, critiques, suggestions, or institutional peers you think should participate in the cost study.

Thank you very much for your interest and consideration.
Best regards,

Tom Eleuterio
Manager, Delaware Cost Study – Higher Education Consortia

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