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Impact on Cost Savings

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Were costs reduced as planned?

After four semesters of using the redesigned course format, the team made a number of revisions in the original redesign plan. Because they found unanticipated side effects of the two-lectures-per week schedule, the team moved back to three lectures per week. While still reducing overall preparation time, the faculty thus increased the time spent preparing lectures over what was initially anticipated from 112 hours to 168. There were other minor changes in the number of faculty hours spent on interaction (a decrease of 32 hours) and on test proctoring (an increase of 4 hours). The 12 TAs increased their time on diagnosing skills and knowledge and on proctoring tests (an increase of 54 hours for all 12 TAs combined). The resulting increase in the redesigned course cost was about $4,776, bringing the actual cost-per-student to $124, up $7 from the planned cost per student of $117, for an actual savings of 38% (vs. the planned 41%).

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