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Florida Gulf Coast University

Humanities—Course Planning Tool

The Course Planning Tool is a formatted spreadsheet that facilitates a three-step process for institutions to establish and compare the instructional costs before redesign (the traditional course) and the instructional costs after the redesign (the redesigned course).

Step #1 shows the calculation of all personnel costs associated with preparing and delivering the course expressed as an hourly rate. Annual salary for faculty listed is the average for faculty teaching the course and includes a 35% benefit rate. Step #2 uses this initial calculation to determine the cost of preparing and delivering the traditional course. Step #3 calculates these costs for the redesigned course. More specific Course Planning Tool instructions are available.

Below are a summary of the cost savings anticipated at Florida Gulf Coast University and the completed course planning tool.

Cost Savings

The cost savings resulting from the course redesign at Florida Gulf Coast University are attributable to two factors: changes made to the course itself and a model allowing for significant growth. First, the course redesign off-loads many labor-intensive activities to technology such as presenting content information and grading exams and essays, thus reducing the hours spent by full-time faculty from 950 to 300. FGCU will use an alternative staffing model that makes the best use of the time of personnel (the faculty, course coordinator, and preceptors) with differentiated roles. The total course delivery time decreases by over 400 hours while the number of students increases by 150. The result will be a 40% reduction in the cost-per-student from about $132 to $81 in the first full year of the redesign.

Second, while the student numbers only increase by 150 (from 800 to 950) in the course planning tool pictured below, FGCU anticipates that enrollments in this course will continue to grow. The model allows FGCU to continue to scale by adding preceptors while maintaining important faculty oversight via the course coordinator and on-going faculty curricular review. Had the institution responded to the growth demand by continuing to hire adjuncts and employ full-time faculty as shown in the traditional course design, the anticipated increase in student numbers would have become much more expensive and difficult to sustain. Thus part of FGCU's savings in subsequent years results from the opportunity cost of not having to accommodate growth in an unproductive manner because they will employ a redesign which permits the costs to increase at a much slower pace. The table that follows shows the savings projected as the enrollment grows over the next five years:

Comparison of Traditional Course and Redesigned Course over 5 years


# of Students
Total Cost Traditional
Total Cost Redesign
Difference

Cost/Student Traditional Cost/Student Redesign
Difference
Traditional
800
$105,460
$0
$0

$132 $0
$0
Year 1
950
$117,300
$76,552
$40,748

$123 $81
$42
Year 2 1100 $129,140 $81,890 $47,250
$117 $74 $43
Year 3 1250 $140,980 $87,608 $53,372
$113 $70 $43
Year 4
1400
$152,820
$93,327
$59,493

$109 $67
$42
Year 5
1550
$164,660
$98,512
$66,148

$106 $64
$42
Total Saved over 5 years
$267,011












Includes increasing the number of PT faculty for the Traditional Course to accommodate new sections
and increasing the number of preceptors for the Redesigned Course to accommodate new students.









Note: There are no inflation costs included in this calculation.

[For more detailed information regarding their initial academic redesign, consult the project plan description.]

Step #1: Determine Instructional Costs per Hour

Instructional Costs per Hour—Humanities

Faculty Full-time Part-time Humanities Chair, Distance Course Course Coordinator Preceptors (per 48 students)






Salary and Benefits $55,000 $2,368 $76,000 $26,200 $1,830
% devoted to instruction 75% 100% 38% 100% 100%
% devoted to this course 17% 100% 33% 100% 100%
$ devoted to this course $6,876 $2,368 $9,502 $26,200 $1,830






Contact hours for course 45 45

3
Out of class hours 105 105 200 1200 147
Total hours 150 150 200 1200 150
Cost per hour $46 $16 $48 $22 $12






TAs/GAs










Salary and Benefits

$2,368

% devoted to instruction

100%

% devoted to this course

100%

$ devoted to this course

$2,368







Contact hours for course




Out of class hours

133

Total hours

133

Cost per hour

$18

Step #2: Determine Instructional Costs of Traditional Course

Instructional Costs of Traditional Course—Humanities


Faculty, Full-time Faculty, Part-time Humanities Chair TAs/GAs

# of Hours Total Cost # of Hours Total Cost # of Hours Total Cost # of Hours Total Cost

Hourly rate = $46 Hourly rate = $16 Hourly rate = $48 Hourly rate = $18
I. Course Preparation
















A. Curriculum Development 50 $2,292 200 $3,158 15 $713 30 $533
B. Materials Acquisition 35 $1,604 140 $2,211

10 $178
C. Materials Development







1. Lectures/presentations 75 $3,438 300 $4,737



2. Learning materials/software 25 $1,146 100 $1,579 15 $713 60 $1,066
3. Diagnostic assessments







4. Assignments 25 $1,146 100 $1,579



5. Tests/evaluations 25 $1,146 100 $1,579



Sub-Total 235 $10,772 940 $14,843 30 $1,425 100 $1,776









D. Faculty/TA Devmt/Training







1. Orientation 5 $229 20 $316 5 $238

2. Staff meetings 10 $458 40 $632 6 $285

3. Attend lectures







Sub-Total 15 $688 60 $947 11 $523

Total Preparation 250 $11,460 1000 $15,790 41 $1,948 100 $1,776









II. Course Delivery
















A. Instruction







1. Diagnose skill/knowledge







2. Presentation 100 $4,584 400 $6,316



3. Interaction 95 $4,355 380 $6,000 90 $4,276 75 $1,332
4. Progress monitoring





25 $444
Sub-Total 195 $8,939 780 $12,316 90 $4,276 100 $1,776









B. Evaluation







1. Test proctoring 30 $1,375 120 $1,895



2. Tests/evaluation 275 $12,606 1100 $17,369 69 $3,278 600 $10,656
Sub-Total 305 $13,981 1220 $19,264 69 $3,278 600 $10,656
Total Delivery 500 $22,920 2000 $31,580 159 $7,554 700 $12,432









TOTAL 750 $34,380 3000 $47,370 200 $9,502 800 $14,208









GRAND TOTAL
$105,460





Total # of students
800





Cost per student
$132





Step 3: Determine Instructional Costs of the Redesigned Course

Instructional Costs of Redesigned Course—Humanities


Faculty, Full-time Course Coordinator Preceptor

# of Hours Total Cost # of Hours Total Cost # of Hours Total Cost

Hourly rate = $46 Hourly rate = $22 Hourly rate = $12
I. Course Preparation












A. Curriculum Development





B. Materials Acquisition 20 $917 100 $2,183

C. Materials Development





1. Lectures/presentations



20 $244
2. Learning materials/software 39 $1,788 500 $10,917

3. Diagnostic assessments 20 $917 200 $4,367

4. Assignments 40 $1,834 200 $4,367

5. Tests/evaluations

100 $2,183

Sub-Total 119 $5,455 1100 $24,016 20 $244







D. Faculty/TA Devmt/Training





1. Orientation 100 $4,584 25 $546 15 $183
2. Staff meetings 75 $3,438 75 $1,637 70 $854
3. Attend lectures





Sub-Total 175 $8,022 100 $2,183 85 $1,037
Total Preparation 294 $13,477 1200 $26,200 105 $1,281







II. Course Delivery












A. Instruction





1. Diagnose skill/knowledge



95 $1,159
2. Presentation 6 $275

65 $793
3. Interaction



525 $6,405
4. Progress monitoring



110 $1,342
Sub-Total 6 $275

795 $9,699







B. Evaluation





1. Test proctoring





2. Tests/evaluation



2100 $25,620
Sub-Total



2100 $25,620
Total Delivery 6 $275

2895 $35,319







TOTAL 300 $13,752 1200 $26,200 3000 $36,600







GRAND TOTAL
$76,552



Total # of students
950



Cost per student
$81



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