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Weighted Average Instructional Cost per Credit Hour

The Weighted Average Instructional Cost per Credit Hour reflects the institutional cost of providing both developmental and gateway courses. The purpose of this brief is to help leaders illustrate both their institution's outcomes prior to any…
December 14, 2018
Christopher M. Mullin
Tags: Measurement and Outcomes, 6. Use data effectively., Strategic Investment Impacts

For many students, the path to completing a foundational, gateway course is lengthened by a sequence of developmental education courses.1 While these courses were designed to help students, the fact is that most students who start a developmental education sequence never complete the sequence, let alone move on to complete a gateway course needed to enter a program of study.2

A body of research now shows that for many students who would have traditionally been placed in a developmental education course sequence, registering directly into a gateway course with appropriate designed support-through a corequisite, compressed, or modularized/emporium gateway course structure-is likely a better decision.3 As a result, institutional leaders have successfully reduced a student’s time to complete a gateway course while increasing their likelihood to graduate from a program of study.4

While we, as leaders, understand this to be true, we are often unaware of sound methodological approaches to express the impact of developmental education reforms on the campus to vested stakeholders.