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|Empirical and Comparative Cost-Benefit Study on Distance Education of Open Universities|
The Empirical and Comparative Cost-Benefit Study on Distance Education of Open Universities is a National Education Sciences Planning Project of "the 10th Five-Year Plan". It was formally approved in 2006, and the research findings were reviewed and accepted in August 2008 with an excellent rating.
The Project has significant theoretical and practical implications for a proper understanding of the economic characteristics of ODE of OUs in China, the setup of a cost-sharing mechanism among the OUs at different levels, the future investment in OUs in different regions and levels, a better development and consolidation of the country's distance education resources, as well as the improvement in the efficiency of using these resources.
One of the research findings, in the form of a paper entitled "The Balance among Quality, Scale and Effectiveness—An Empirical Study on Scale Effect in Teaching Venues at Prefecture and City Level of Open Universities in China" won the "Gold Medal Best Paper Award" during the 22nd Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) Annual Conference.
Right now, we are engaging in the research on distance education economics and are planning publication of books in this field.