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Impact on Cost Savings

Portland State University

Were costs reduced as planned?

Portland State originally planned to increase section size in the redesign and increase the number of students served from 690 to 960. Based on experience during the 2002-03 academic year, the team decided to maintain section size at a lower level and to increase the number of sections as well as the number of students. Because of seat-time reduction, the number of sections can be doubled in the same physical space with a small increase in personnel.

The original proposal called for a reduction in the cost-per-student from $127 to $91. The redesign is on target when all sections will be fully redesigned in 2003-2004. In the full implementation of the redesign, the number of students served will increase from a planned 960 to about 1270. Thus, the final cost-per-student will be $88, a 31% savings vs. the planned 28%.

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