Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)



First Advisor

Thomas Cy Coleman

First Committee Member

John P. Carew

Second Committee Member

Hans Wagner

Third Committee Member

Carl D. Lang

Fourth Committee Member

Arthur H. Maynard


Purpose: The purpose of the study was to utilize costing procedures developed by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education to compare per-student credit hour cost for disciplines taught in both.the day and evening.

Procedures: (1) A structure to identify and categorize similar patterns of activity based upon the work performed by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education provide·d the foundation for the study. (2) Allocation of direct costs "ms .made to each discipline defined through the initial identification of activities. (3) Services rendered to the categories of evening and day collegiate programs were examined, with allocation of costs to common disciplines based upon recognized parameters which were established from the literature. (4) ·Student credit hour cost ·for each of the disciplines was calculated through the division of total cost for the discipline by the number of credit hours in each category. ( 5) Costs for disciplines taught both in the day and evening categories were compared through utilization of an F-distribution and a significance level of .05.

Findings: (1) A modification of the Program Classification Structure can be effectively used to compare costs of day and evening college. (2).Based upon a 2-tailed comparison utilizing a .05 level of significance, there is a significant difference between the cost per credit hour for cost centers representing the direct and full cost of the day and evening categories.

Recommendations for Further Study: Additional research should be conducted so that there may be ( 1 ) further .examination of needs of the evening student; (2) examination of optimum enrollment ratios for day and evening; (3) further examination of activity analysis procedures; (4) consideration of the need for "off-campus" faculty involvement; (5) examination of alternative methods of financing by the state; ( 6) examination of courses from the standpoint of their value to education and the community.





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