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Program in Course Redesign: Round I

Projected and Actual Savings

The calculations shown in the charts below reflect differences in operating costs between traditional and redesigned formats after the redesign is complete. The cost savings primarily reflect decreased time spent by instructional personnel (full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, graduate teaching assistants) and/or substitution of less expensive personnel. Other kinds of cost savings are not included in the charts such as those accrued from increased space capacity and from greater retention. In addition, the savings shown are for one year. The charts do not amortize the savings over the life of the course. Doing so would increase the savings by a factor of five, for example, if the course remained substantially the same for five years.

There are four ways that the cost-per-student figures translate to actual practice: 1) newly available faculty time, which can be reassigned to other courses or responsibilities; 2) actual dollar savings (e.g., the elimination of adjuncts or other personnel); 3) the capacity to serve more students, thus reducing the cost-per-student; 4) a decline in faculty workload for the course.

 

Round I Projected Savings Summary
Institution Course Cost Per Student Savings %


Traditional Redesign per Student Savings
Va Tech Math $91 $27 $64 71%
U at Buffalo Computer Lit $248 $114 $134 54%
U of So. Maine Psychology $113 $58 $55 49%
Rio Salado Algebra $49 $31 $18 37%
U of Illinois-UC Statistics $237 $159 $78 33%
Penn State Statistics $176 $123 $53 30%
UW-Madison Chemistry $257 $185 $72 28%
U of Central Florida Amer Gov't $112 $81 $31 28%
U Colorado-Boulder Astronomy $171 $137 $34 20%
IUPUI Sociology $83 $66 $17 20%
Average 
37%

Institution Course Annual Annual Cost Annual


Enrollment Traditional Redesign Savings
UW-Madison Chemistry 4,100 $1,053,700 $758,500 $295,200
U of Illinois-UC Statistics 3,200 $758,400 $508,800 $249,600
U at Buffalo Computer Lit 1,000 $248,000 $114,000 $134,000
Va Tech Math 2,000 $181,540 $53,360 $128,000
Penn State Statistics 2,200 $387,200 $270,600 $116,600
U Colorado-Boulder Astronomy 2,080 $355,680 $284,960 $70,720
U of Central Florida Amer Gov't 2,200 $246,400 $178,200 $68,200
U of So. Maine Psychology 875 $98,875 $50,750 $48,125
IUPUI Sociology 2,000 $166,000 $132,000 $34,000
Rio Salado Algebra 955 $46,795 $29,605 $17,190
TOTAL 20,610   $1,161,635

 

Round I Actual Savings Summary
Institution
Course Cost Per Student Savings %



Traditional Redesign per Student Savings
Va Tech
Math $91 $21 $70 77%
Penn State
Statistics $176 $98 $78 44%
U at Buffalo
Computer Lit $248 $143 $105 42%
Rio Salado
~
Algebra $49 $31 $18 37%
U of Illinois-UC
Statistics $237 $165 $72 30%
U of Central Florida
~
Amer Gov't $112 $81 $31 28%
U of So. Maine
~
Psychology $113 $88 $25 22%
U Colorado-Boulder
~
Astronomy $171 $137 $34 20%
IUPUI
~
Sociology $83 $66 $17 20%
UW-Madison
~
Chemistry $257 $215 $42 16%
Average




34%
 
Institution
Course Annual Annual Cost Annual



Enrollment Traditional Redesign Savings
U of Illinois-UC
Statistics 3,200 $758,400 $528,000 $230,400
Penn State
^
Statistics 2,440 $429,440 $239,120 $190,320
UW-Madison
Chemistry 4,100 $1,053,700 $881,500 $172,200
Va Tech
Math 2,000 $182,000 $42,000 $140,000
U Colorado-Boulder
Astronomy 2,080 $355,680 $284,960 $70,720
U of Central Florida
Amer Gov't 2,200 $246,400 $178,200 $68,200
U at Buffalo
>
Computer Lit 600 $148,800 $85,800 $63,000
IUPUI
Sociology 2,000 $166,000 $132,000 $34,000
U of So. Maine
Psychology 875 $98,875 $77,000 $21,875
Rio Salado
Algebra 955 $46,795 $29,605 $17,190
Total

20,450


$1,007,905

^ Adds students
> Enrollment less than projected
~ Full course redesign not complete. Participants were not required to redesign the whole course. In the chart, cost savings are projected as if the entire course were redesigned.

 

 

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