Welcome to the 2020 Cycle of The Cost Study

Greetings Four Year Higher Education Institutions,

We invite you to participate in the premier benchmarking study in North America, the 2020 – 2021 cycle of the Delaware Cost Study – the National Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity (examining the 2019 fall semester and Fiscal Year 2019 – 2020 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 and public service 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.

The participation fee follows a tiered structure for 2020 and is based on the participant’s institutional Carnegie Classification. There is an early-bird discount of 10% for participants who register by October 15, 2020.  For greater savings we encourage you to consider the option to register for two-years and receive a 25% discount that will ensure the lowest fees possible for both years. This option is provided to incentivize consistent participation which is important to consortia members as they develop peer comparator groups. The revised fee structure reflects the amount of time the consortia staff will need 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, 2021.

We are very excited about several improvements to the study web portal. Among these three-year averages of key performance indicators in the table 3 productivity metrics and table 4 cost metrics which appear on the second page of each program of your data entered. These KPIs available in the web portal are designed to improve the validation of your institutional data. For participants in the 2018 cycle of the study, the three types of national norms are now available for use within the web portal at the 6-digit CIP level.

We have completed our collaboration with public policy economists Kevin Stange of the University of Michigan and Steven Hemelt of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under the umbrella of the Education Policy Initiative (EPI). We presented the results at the 2018 AIR Forum and are happy to share the presentation here. We also have incorporated the EPI findings in our work with the data envelopment models that identify the most efficient programs in a comparator group. We presented the results at the 2018 SHEEO Public policy Conference and you may explore the results here.

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 302.831.3901 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,

Jennifer Snyder

Manager, Higher Education Consortia