2016 Delaware Cost Study

Greetings Four Year Higher Education Institutions,


I would like to invite you to participate in the 2016 – 2017 cycle of the Delaware Cost Study – the National Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity (examining fall 2015 semester and Fiscal Year 2015 – 2016 data).  Since its inception in 1992, more than 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.

We are very excited about progress on several improvements to the study that we have achieved in the past year many of which are highlighted on our new home page. We will continue to work in this direction by focusing on quality, security and innovation with members of the Higher Education Consortia.  Among these is the on-line implementation of the terms-of-use (TOU) agreement to insure the confidentiality and integrity of the study data. We will be using a web portal to improve the experience of providing and validating institutional data. We are working diligently on 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 two decades. This research will involve collaboration in partnership with scholars from both inside and outside the Higher Education Consortia. We have convened an advisory board to help guide us in our new initatives and to facilitate continuous improvement in our products and processes.

We will continue to collect 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 $1,500 with a discount of $250 for participants who register and pay the participation fee by October 31, 2016.  For additional information please see the data collection checklist and examine the fee schedule, where you can make a secure online payment.  Upon receipt of payment for the study, you will receive access information to the web portal. Please note the data submission deadline of January 31, 2017.

Finally, relationships matter to us very much.  Over the past two decades, many institutions 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