The ability to assess departmental instructional costs and productivity against institution-wide and national disciplinary
benchmarks allows for better-informed decisions with regard to resource allocation and utilization.
Who uses the Delaware Study?
Over 300 colleges and universities, including:
- State University of New York System
- University of North Carolina System
- California State University System
- University of Missouri System
- Louisiana Board of Regents
- Members of Association of American Universities Data Exchange (AAUDE)
- Members of Southern Universities Group (SUG) Data Exchange
- Members of Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium
The Delaware Study is attractive because it is unique:
- Comparisons are made at the academic discipline level of analysis
- Teaching workloads are analyzed by faculty type, i.e., tenured and tenure track; other permanent faculty; supplemental faculty; and graduate teaching assistants
- Participants can define their own peer groups
- The data definitions, methodology, and data collection tools are regularly reviewed by representatives from participating institutions
- The Delaware Study is longitudinal, and enables you to track trend data over extended periods of time
- The measures enjoy widespread national acceptance and use
Some 39 states currently have, or are contemplating legislation or regulations mandating faculty accountability reporting.
If higher education does not develop credible reporting techniques, external bodies will intervene. The Delaware Study meets
that need for a credible, national benchmarking tool.