Impact on Cost Savings
Brigham Young University
Were costs reduced as planned?
Costs were not reduced as dramatically as planned. BYU originally planned to increase class size from 18 to 25 and to reduce the total number of sections offered annually from 166 each year to 136. In fact, BYU only increased the section size to 21, leading to an actual section reduction from 166 to 141. The number of graduate assistants involved in the course declined from 150 to 129 rather than the planned 120.
The original plan included a reduction of contact hours from three to one per week. In the actual redesign, the contact hours were reduced to 1.5 hours per week (1 1-hour meeting one week and 2 1-hour meetings in alternate weeks). Overall, the total number of hours required, on average, to teach the course was reduced from 332 hours in the traditional mode to 306 in the redesign.
BYU planned to reduce the cost-per-student from $205 to $122, an estimated cost savings of approximately 40%. BYU actually reduced the cost-per-student to $175, a 15% savings, producing an annual savings of $88,000.
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