January 23, 2015
I am writing to thank you for your interest and participation in the 2014 – 2015 data collection cycle (examining Fall 2013 and Fiscal Year 2013 – 2014 data) of the National Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity (Delaware Cost Study). Over the past year, we have had the opportunity to speak with nearly all of you, and we have learned much about how we can improve our service to best meet your needs. Broadly, these conversations have led us, at the Higher Education Consortia, to provide you with greater accessibility, enhanced usability, and improved capability.
From your feedback, it is clear you enjoy the accessibility of being able to call or e-mail us whenever you have a question or concern and feel assured that you will have a response within 48 business hours. We plan to continue that level of service for the foreseeable future.
We are committed to improving the usability of the Delaware Cost Study. Although there is already a great deal of content on Delaware Cost Study definitions, contingencies, and uses, based upon your feedback, we are in the process of streamlining our sites to make it easier to find what you need.
Finally, it is our goal to improve the capability of the Delaware Cost Study. Greater capability means that you have the power to benchmark your data with more units and institutions not just overall, but among comparators that make sense for your institution. Over the past year, we have increased our institutional participation about 10 percent, following a 20 percent increase for the 2013 study. Thus, this the highest level of institutional participation since we went to a payment structure. This expansion in institutional participation also means that three of the four major Carnegie Classifications have oversamples for peer institutions, so the capacity to find more comparable peers is likely greater than ever before!
We are pleased that many of you took advantage of our ‘early bird’ pricing option and locked in your commitment to participate in the 2014 Delaware Cost Study by October 31, (where the participation fee remained $1,000, for the fourth consecutive year). By gaining your commitment earlier in the cycle, we were able to spend the later part of the Fall reaching out to other institutions and encouraging them to participate. On November 1, 2014, the participation fee became $1,250, unless a payment is received after the January 30, 2015 data submission deadline. We have not added or removed any Delaware Cost Study fields, so if you would like to request the 2014 – 2015 Data Collection Form, you may do so simply by clicking here. For additional details about services available to you please visit the fee schedule, where you can make a secure online payment.
As always, you can contact us anytime at 302.831.2021 with your questions, critiques, suggestions, or list of institutional peers that you think should participate in the Study.
I look forward to hearing from you and maintaining our relationship this year.