Pitfalls in the Use of Unit-Cost Studies A Cautionary Note about a Useful Management Tool

Hull, L. E.
October 1961
Journal of Higher Education;Oct1961, Vol. 32 Issue 7, p371
Academic Journal
The article reports on the dangers in unit cost studies, an educational-management tool, as they are constructed and used. The aspects, purpose and methods of cost studies in higher education are discussed. It presents the confidence of higher education in using cost study as a tool to measure present costs, to predict future costs, and to develop ways of reducing expense. The undesirable characteristics of cost studies are also presented. Due to the lack of knowledge by the school chairmen and faculty in the cost-study methods, an abuse in cost-study data prevents them in making an adequate defense for their cost structure.


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