What is the Delaware Study?
The National Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity (commonly referred to as the Delaware Study) was developed in 1992 by the Office of Institutional Research and Planning at the University of Delaware. Since its inception, nearly 600 institutions have participated in the study. It is regarded “as the “tool of choice” for comparative analysis of faculty teaching loads, direct instructional cost, and separately budgeted scholarly activity.” (see ire.udel.edu/cost/
How long has Boise State been participating?
Boise State has participated in the Delaware Study four times, 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2014 and is in the process of submitting the 2015 Delaware Study data.
The 2015 submission is based on data from Fall 2013 and Fiscal Year 2013-14.
How has Boise State used the data in the past?
Generally speaking, we have examined the data on a macro-level to see how our costs compare to institutions similar to ours. Data have been shared with the Provost and Deans for their use.
What is the basic method for assembling Delaware Study data?
The core organizing principle of the Delaware Study is to “follow the money” and match all data sources based on the origin of the instructor and how they are paid. This is accomplished through the following: (1) departments are derived through a matching process between the Department(s) of the Subject(s) being taught and the Department(s) from which the teaching faculty are paid; (2) a CIP Code is assigned to each such department. These derived Departments (CIP Codes) are then used to tag all data attributed to that Department; and (3) cost data are attributed using the same correspondence to tie General Ledger accounts to CIP Codes.
For a detailed schematic of the sources and procedures used, click here.
How are CIP codes determined?
By and large, the CIP codes conform to those that were determined when programs were established and/or are the codes on file with the Board Office and reflect those used in PeopleSoft. However, in a few cases, the CIP code on file for the department/program is not the one best matched with the program’s current offerings as determined by the Vice Provost for Academic Planning in consultation with the department chair. In those instances, the CIP code is adjusted accordingly to ensure the CIP code used is the one most appropriate for peer comparisons.
For a complete listing of the departments and CIP codes that are used, click here.
What are the faculty definitions that are used by the Delaware Study?
Delaware Study defines three types of faculty: regular, supplemental, and teaching assistants. Regular faculty are those for whom there is a “recurring contractual relationship where the individual and institution both assume a continuing appointment.” Supplemental faculty are defined as “non-recurring” or one using “temporary funds or a temporary position” (e.g., adjuncts), and teaching assistants are graduate student instructors.
Is non-credit activity attributed to workload?
Yes, remedial coursework, audits, labs, etc. are attributed as if the student were earning credit in order to accurately capture the information. For example, a course with an attached laboratory has both components counted as credit bearing by assigning the lab one credit from the total credits assigned to the course and the remainder assigned to the lecture. Remedial coursework is counted based on what the student paid for, not the amount of credit earned.
How are instructional grants counted?
Grants that are received and tagged in the instructional expense category were counted as public service in order to not inflate the direct instructional cost of the department.
Who are the peer institutions used for comparison?
The peers are drawn from institutions with the same Carnegie classification (basic), which in Boise State’s case is Master’s-Large. For departments that offer a doctoral program, the peer group of Research High is used. All institutions with these same classifications who participated in the same years as Boise State, therefore, would be included in the comparison peers. See ire.udel.edu/participants-list/
for additional details.