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Impact on Cost Savings

University of Central Florida

Were costs reduced as planned?

The implementation of the redesign of American National Government at UCF went as planned. Multiple sections with a 67% reduction in seat time were offered, and more are planned, with the potential of yielding the anticipated savings in rental costs. Five fewer sections will be needed due to the more efficient use of large classrooms. In addition, UCF's data indicate an increase in retention of 7%, further increasing the savings for an overall savings of $68,466.

The Mathematics Department is also adopting the reduced-seat-time model for its College Algebra course, and the English Department is using it in Composition I and II. These courses are part of a large-enrollment general education program that affects almost all freshmen and sophomores, thereby adding to the cost savings. Since the inception of the reduced-seat-time course model, institutional dependence on off-campus classroom space has diminished. In the late 1990s, between 65 and 70 traditional course sections were housed in rented space in a nearby high school each academic year. In 2000–2001, that number dropped to 50. In 2001–2002, only 33 course sections were offered at that location. UCF also ended its rental of seven movie theaters as 100-seat lecture halls last year. This reduction coincides with the following data: the number of sections of reduced-seat-time courses offered each term doubled in spring 2002, from an average of 50 to 103. Enrollments also nearly doubled, from 2,114 in fall 2001 to 4,115 in spring 2002.

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