16. Move More Classes Online: For-profit institutions have demonstrated that online education can greatly lower costs for students by taking advantage of economies of scale. Furthermore, online courses can significantly reduce capital costs associated with traditional instruction. They also allow students to live at home and save money through reduced commuting and room and board costs.Each of these chapters is available for free download from our website (in pdf). The fifth and final installment of 25 Ways is scheduled for release next Wednesday, December 8. At this date, the report will be available for download both in its entirety or in individual chapters.
17. Reduce Textbook Costs: The price of college textbooks has soared over the years. More professors are opting for electronic books, and the development of devices such as the Kindle and the iPad are likely to further the revolution in electronic publishing. As technologies continue to develop, universities should find ways to encourage faculty to select texts that students can purchase through cheaper means.
18. Digitize Academic Libraries: The revolution in information technology should radically revise the concept of the university library. The greatest promise for library cost savings comes from the digitization of books and periodicals. Services like JSTOR and the Google Library Book Project are enabling university libraries to downsize their physical presence as a book warehouse while providing more research materials in a more convenient fashion.
19. Outsource Email Services: Email has become the dominant mode of communication. IT specialists like Google and Microsoft can offer email services much more cheaply than university providers through lower storage and staffing costs and reduced costs to maintain servers, archive and filter messages. Universities are in the business of creating and disseminating knowledge and could save money by outsourcing auxiliary functions like email to specialized private-sector providers.
20. Utilize Course Management Tools: There are a vast number of new technologies available to revamp the learning experience to be more interactive and applicable to today’s students who are inhabitants of a new information age. Some examples include Blackboard, Wiki pages, blogs and electronic clickers. Such technologies should be analyzed carefully and implemented if they improve service quality in a cost effective manner.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
25 Ways to Reduce the Cost of College: Part 4
With the generous support of Lumina Foundation, CCAP is releasing today the fourth part of the five-part study 25 Ways to Reduce the Cost of College, a detailed analysis of different ways that college administrators and public policy leaders can cut college costs, with the goal of making colleges both more productive in their use of resources and also more affordable to students. The fourth part, titled "Exploit Technology," includes the following five chapters: