Saturday, October 10, 2015

Transforming Colleges to Reduce Cost

The National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) is one of today's leaders in reducing  the cost of education. NCAT is a nonprofit organization that works with colleges to redesign course structures and learning environments in the most efficient manner. Therefore, students excel in learning while the college saves substantial amounts of money.

With programs for both 2 year and 4 year colleges, NCAT, led by Dr. Carol A. Twigg, uses its experience and information technology to create the Program in Course Design (PCD). To date, there has been 30 course redesign projects, and of these 30 programs, 25 of them have been  huge successes. Of the 30 schools that offer this program there has been some dramatic changes.

-18 schools had a significant decrease in drop-failure withdrawal rates which ranged between 10% to 20%

-Schools reduced costs between 20% to 77%

-On average, each school reduced costs by 37%

-So far, the colleges have saved approximately $3million dollars

-Overall, there has been an increase in both student and faculty satisfaction

Currently, NCAT has proved to be a leader in the fight to reduce higher education costs, without reducing the quality of education and its enjoyment among students and educators. There are workshops all across the country run by NCAT to spread their  ideas about reducing education costs.

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