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The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning: Mississippi Course Redesign Initiative (2007– 2010)

Cost Savings Summary

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.

Mississippi IHL CRI Cost Savings Summary
Institution   Course Cost per Student Savings
      Traditional Redesign per Student Savings
U of Southern MS   Technical Writing $188 $62 $126 67%
MS State U   Chemistry $133 $51 $82 62%
U of Southern MS   Intro to Computing $249 $109 $140 56%
U of Southern MS   Psychology $105 $56 $49 47%
U of Southern MS   Nutrition $81 $44 $37 46%
MS State U   Animal Biology $164 $100 $64 39%
Alcorn State U   College Algebra $278 $184 $94 34%
MS U for Women   College Algebra $201 $135 $66 32%
MS U for Women   Intermed Algebra $206 $140 $66 32%
U of Southern MS   Spanish $152 $110 $42 28%
MS Valley State U   Intermed Algebra $183 $139 $44 24%
MS State U   Plants and Humans $127 $99 $28 22%
Jackson State U   College Algebra $173 $135 $38 22%
U of Southern MS   Intermed Algebra $96 $76 $20 21%
Delta State * College Algebra $152 $120 $32 21%
MS State U   Statistics $133 $110 $23 17%
MS State U   Statics $299 $252 $47 16%
AVERAGE           34%
           
Institution   Course Annual Annual Cost Annual 
      Enrollment Traditional Redesign Savings
U of Southern MS   Technical Writing 850 $159,800 $52,700 $107,100
U of Southern MS   Intro to Computing 704 $175,296 $76,736 $98,560
MS State U ^ Chemistry 1,000 $133,000 $51,000 $82,000
U of Southern MS   Spanish 1,620 $246,240 $178,200 $68,040
Jackson State U   College Algebra 1,740 $301,020 $234,900 $66,120
U of Southern MS   Psychology 1,250 $131,250 $70,000 $61,250
Alcorn State U   College Algebra 600 $166,800 $110,400 $56,400
MS State U ^ Animal Biology 756 $123,984 $75,600 $48,384
U of Southern MS   Nutrition 907 $73,467 $39,908 $33,559
MS State U   Statistics 980 $130,340 $107,800 $22,540
MS Valley State U   Intermed Algebra 480 $87,840 $66,720 $21,120
MS State U ^ Plants and Humans 754 $95,758 $74,646 $21,112
MS U for Women   College Algebra 300 $60,300 $40,500 $19,800
U of Southern MS   Intermed Algebra 990 $95,040 $75,240 $19,800
MS State U ^ Statics 368 $110,032 $92,736 $17,296
Delta State * College Algebra 353 $53,656 $42,360 $11,296
MS U for Women   Intermed Algebra 165 $33,990 $23,100 $10,890
TOTAL     13,817     $765,267
             
^  Adds students            
* Enrollment decreased        

 

 

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