For Immediate Release 24 January 2000State Universities Cost Less, Produce More than National Average
Board of Regents Reviews Results of National Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity PIERRECompared to national benchmarks, South Dakota public universities had lower instructional costs and higher productivity levels than other institutions participating in the National Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity. The results of the study were reported today to the South Dakota Board of Regents at its regular business meeting in Pierre.
When compared to national benchmarks, South Dakota public universities:
"We Regents have maintained for some time that South Dakota public higher education operates efficiently and effectively. This study confirms that," said Regents President Harvey C. Jewett, IV, of Aberdeen. He added, "These results, combined with the reports of academic performance in the system, prove that our public universities are delivering a substantial return on investment." In October 1999 the Regents reported that approximately ninety percent of sophomores in the Regental system, who took the proficiency exam, achieved expected or greater than expected gains in four subject areas: writing, reading, mathematics, and science reasoning. In addition, a greater percentage of South Dakota university graduates passed national professional licensure exams than the national average.
Regents Executive Director Robert T. Tad Perry said, "This national cost study was established in 1992 with a federal grant to the University of Delaware. In 1998, the year these data were collected, 153 universities participated. Each South Dakota university was compared to institutions with similar missions. The purpose of the study is to provide data to establish national benchmarks for instructional costs and productivity comparisons. This study shows that our faculty are more productive than faculty in comparable institutions. It also shows that South Dakota students are being taught by regular faculty members more often than students in other systems. This means that the education provided here in South Dakota is economical and also of high quality. Families should look at their own public universities when considering higher education."
South Dakota and National Benchmarks
For more information contact: Dr. Lesta Turchen, Senior Administrator, (605) 773-3455.
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