CFOS/Efficiency and Effectiveness of ODL/Exercise 9.2
Exercise 9.2 - Efficiency Ratios
A community college in Canada offers its programmes through both conventional, face-to-face classes and paper-based distance education materials. Information for 2004 on total student enrolments, total graduates and total costs for both modes in relation to the Certificate in Cost Accounting programme are given in the table below:
|Programme||Delivery Mode||Total Student Enrolments||Total Graduates||Success Rate (percent)||Total Costs (Cdn.$)||Average Costs per Student (Cdn.$)||Average Cost per Graduate (Cdn.$)|
|Cert in Cost Accounting||ODL||131||43||34,977|
|Cert in Cost Accounting||Conventional||954||886||712,433|
|Programme as a Whole||Combined||1,085||929||747,410|
- Calculate the Average Cost per Student for the ODL and conventional modes of delivering this course, as well as for the programme as a whole. Insert your answers in the blank cells of the table below.
- Now calculate the Efficiency Ratio for the ODL versus conventional modes of this programme, using the average costs per student.
Equation for Efficiency Ratio
- ER = ACSODL ÷ ACSC
- ER = efficiency ratio
- ACSODL = average cost per FTE student in ODL programme/institution
- ACSC = average cost per FTE student in Conventional programme/institution