2017 Delaware Cost Study

Greetings Four Year Higher Education Institutions,


I am writing to invite you to participate in the 2017 – 2018 cycle of the Delaware Cost Study – the National Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity (examining fall 2016 semester and Fiscal Year 2016-2017 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. We continue to work to improve the study by focusing on data quality and security and by innovative methods of benchmarking using the longitudinal data provided by members of the Higher Education Consortia.

A new participation fee structure for 2017 is based on the participant’s institutional Carnegie classification with a discount of 10% for participants who register by October 15, 2017.  There is also an option to register for two-years and receive a 25% discount that will insure the lowest fee. This option is intended to incentivize consistent participation which is important to consortia members as they develop peer benchmarks. The revised fee structure reflects the amount of the consortia staff effort needed to validate data submissions and is intended to be proportional to the number of programs typically submitted by participating institutions. For additional information please see 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 that data submission is expected by January 31, 2018.

We are very excited about several improvements to the study which are highlighted on our  home page. Among these is the on-line implementation of the terms-of-use (TOU) agreement to insure the confidentiality and integrity of the study data and enhanced functionality of the 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. This research builds on the foundational knowledge that has guided the appropriate use of the cost study data for over two decades. The research involves collaborations in partnership with scholars from both inside and outside the Higher Education Consortia. We have relied on the Higher Education Consortia advisory board to guide us in new initiatives and to facilitate continuous improvement.

We are exploring the amount of online learning activity at the discipline level and will include descriptive summary information in our annual reporting. This will be the third year of data gathering about online student credit hour production.

Relationships matter very much to the consortia staff. Over the past two decades, many of you have helped build the study to provide an analytical tool for supporting management, planning, and policy decision making that promotes unit and institutional improvement. We are committed to continuing to serve the members of the consortia and to provide quality data 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