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Impact on Cost Savings

Northern Arizona University

Were costs reduced as planned?

Cost savings were less than expected during the semester of full implementation because the team decided to retain faculty members working with two of the 12 sections rather than have all sections led by graduate students. In addition, because of changes in the curriculum and some overall decrease in university enrollment, the annual course enrollment declined to about 800 and is not expected to return to the former level of 920. Thus, the savings has been only 85% of what was originally planned, reducing the cost savings per student to about $56. The full amount of cost savings should occur when both the department faculty and the university are comfortable enough with the implementation to commit to graduate students in all sections. This level of comfort with the redesign simply had not yet been reached.

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