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PRODUCTIVITY: Cost of Education and Related Spending Per Degree

The cost per degree measure looks at education and related spending costs (E&R) through the lens of student outcomes rather than enrollments. The spending/completions indicator does not distinguish between what is spent for different types and levels of degrees awarded.

Despite minor year-to-year fluctuations, UNO’s E&R cost per degree awarded remained virtually unchanged over the 2004-2009 time period. The 2010 E&R cost per degree of $44,479 represents the lowest cost per degree recorded during the time period for data shown.

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Data: Education and Related Costs Per Degree Awarded: 2004-2010

Category 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
University of Nebraska at Omaha $47,040 $45,927 $44,928 $47,552 $45,384 $47,417 $44,479
CUMU Average (10 Institutions) $51,385 $51,038 $51,561 $52,297 $55,068 $53,469
3-Campus NU Average $48,621 $49,910 $49,451 $50,361 $49,321 $51,151

Definitions and Sources

Definitions: Education and Related Spending Per Degree Completed: A measure of spending on direct educational costs per degree (in contrast to cost per student enrolled); calculated as the total education and related expenses (for all students) divided by all degrees (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) awarded in that year. Education and related expenses includes spending on instruction, student services, and the education share of spending on academic support, institutional support, and operations and maintenance (i.e. "overhead").

Sources: UNO and CUMU peer institution trend data downloaded from Trends in College Spending online, a service of the Delta Project on Postsecondary Costs, Productivity and Accountability. All Delta Project Data are based on data reported annually by U.S. colleges and universities through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. UNO 2010 data updated by UNO Office of Institutional Research using Delta Project methods.