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State University of New York: Course Redesign Initiative

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.

SUNY CRI: Cost Savings Summary
Institution
Course
Cost Per Student
Savings per
%



Traditional
Redesign
Student
Savings
SUNY Canton
Biology $120 $120 $0 0%
SUNY Old Westbury
College Algebra $176 $150 $26 15%
SUNY Potsdam
US History $168 $128 $40

24%

SUNY Potsdam
European History $160 $118 $52 31%
SUNY Fredonia   Spanish $256 $143 $113 44%
Buffalo State College
Economics $94 $51 $43 46%
Stony Brook
Physics $463 $236 $227 49%
Niagara CCC
Statistics $339 $162 $177 52%
SUNY Oswego
College Algebra $387 $187 $200 52%
AVERAGE
35%
 
Institution
Course
Annual
Annual Cost
Annual



Enrollment
Traditional
Redesign
Savings
SUNY Canton   Biology 390 $46,800 $46,800 $0
SUNY Old Westbury   College Algebra 600 $105,600 $90,000 $15,600

Buffalo State College

  Economics 500 $47,000 $25,500 $21,500
SUNY Potsdam   European History 586 $99,620 $69,148 $30,472
SUNY Potsdam   US History 875 $147,000 $112,000 $35,000
Niagara CCC   Statistics 213 $72,207 $34,506 $37,701
SUNY Oswego   College Algebra 200 $77,400 $37,400 $40,000
SUNY Fredonia   Spanish 384 $98,304 $54,912 $43,392
Stony Brook ^ Physics 1,370 $634,310 $323,320 $310,990
TOTAL

5,118

$534,655
 
^ Adds students

 

 

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