EXPANDING ACCESS


A widespread problem in many states is that the demand for higher education is greater than what can be met through existing delivery modes. NCAT's redesign methodology enables institutions to increase enrollments and provide greater access while maintaining the same or even a reduced level of investment.

For example:

  • Anticipating continued enrollment growth, Florida Gulf Coast University created a redesign model for its required introductory fine arts course that will scale. As course enrollment grows, the cost-per-student will continue to decrease. The cost-per-student for 2,400 students (the projected enrollment in five years) is $50 compared to $132 for enrolling 800 students in the traditional format. At the same time, redesign students have achieved a much higher level than traditional students on content knowledge exams (85% vs. 72%). On assessments of critical thinking skills, the percentage of Ds and Fs dropped from 21% to 7%.

  • The redesign of introductory psychology at the University of Southern Maine reduced the number of faculty teaching the course and freed faculty to offer a new off-campus version of the course enrolling more than 130 additional students. At the same time, redesign of the on-campus course resulted in significant improvements in overall understanding of course content and a smaller percentage of students who received failing grades (19% vs. 28% in traditional sections).


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