As part of Lumina Foundation’s state productivity initiative in higher education, the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) hosted a discussion of state level higher education cost studies in May 2008. After subsequent conversations with Jane Wellman, Executive Director of the Delta Cost Project, and SHEEO representatives from four states with substantial cost study data over many years (Florida, Illinois, New York-SUNY, and Ohio), a “meta-analysis” of data from those four states was launched to explore some fundamental issues:
- By how much do costs vary among disciplines, levels of instruction, and types of institution?
- Are these differences stable over time, or have they changed?
- Are these differences consistent among the four states?