Planning for Higher Education Journal

The Technology Costing Methodology Project: Collecting and Interpreting Instructional Cost Data

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From Volume 32 Number 1 | September–November 2003
By Frank Jewett, Tom Henderson

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Washington State University-Pullman

The costs of distributed/distance learning (DDL) have been the subject of many studies and reports. The Technology Costing Methodology (TCM) project, sponsored by the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications and funded by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, involves the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems and pilot cost studies at 20 colleges and universities to develop and validate a generally agreed upon set of principles and practices for the costing of DDL courses. This article describes the TCM project, illustrates the application of the costing methodology (including capital costs), and concludes with a demonstration of how actual TCM cost data can be interpreted and used to make decisions regarding the best uses of DDL.

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