First, what’s the problem here? What’s the challenge that you all face? Second, we’ll give you a simple framework that you can use to understand the data that you have to collect on programs in order to do a good evaluation. We’ll walk through each of those data sources and talk about what their uses are, and their limitations, so you understand how to, if you will, use the data safely. But to do that, you have to decide what data you’re pulling, so we’ll talk about how you define your market, then finally we’ll share an integrated approach that pulls all of that together.
In an excerpt from Start, Stop, or Grow, Robert Atkins discusses curricular efficiency, which measures, manages, and improves the units of education that can be delivered for a given amount of instructional cost and quality, and the importance of the cost per student credit hour (SCH).