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ERIC Number: ED010020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Mar-31
Pages: 80
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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DOCUMENTATION OF STEPS TO ESTABLISH A TECHNICAL COLLEGE, AND THE EVALUATION OF "PERT" AS A PLANNING TOOL FOR EDUCATORS, PHASE I.
MCKEE, ROBERT L.; RIDLEY, KATHRYN J.
TO ESTABLISH A COLLEGE IN 100 DAYS PRESENTED AN OPPORTUNITY TO TEST THE VALUE OF PROGRAMED ORGANIZATIONAL PROCEDURES USING PROGRAM PERFORMANCE EVALUATION AND REVIEW TECHNIQUE (PERT) UNDER ACTUAL OPERATIONAL CONDITIONS, NOT IN A SIMULATED THEORETICAL SITUATION. THROUGH THE AID OF THE PERT PLANNING SYSTEM, IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THERE WERE NINE MAJOR LINES OF ACTIVITIES AND ABOUT 300 EVENTS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED TO OPEN THE COLLEGE. THE ADMINISTRATION USED A TEAM APPROACH WHEREBY THE THREE MAIN ADMINISTRATORS WOULD FOCUS ATTENTION ON A MAJOR ACTIVITY, PLAN AND START ITS EVOLUTION, ASSIGN IT TO A STAFF MEMBER FOR COMPLETION, AND THEN INITIATE THE NEXT ACTIVITY. THE COLLEGE WAS BUILT AND ESTABLISHED IN 84 WORKING DAYS AFTER THE FIRST STAFF MEMBER REPORTED, AND OPENED ON SCHEDULE WITH 700 STUDENTS. THE REGULAR PERT SYSTEM WAS NOT USED BECAUSE THE COLLEGE HAD TO BE READY IN SUCH A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME--INSTEAD A SIMPLIFIED CHART TAKEN FROM THE MASTER CHART WAS USED. MANY OF THE ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS HAD TO BE ACCOMPLISHED OUT OF SEQUENCE AND ACCELERATED DUE TO THE LACK OF TIME TO CONTINUALLY UPDATE SUCH A COMPLICATED SYSTEM. THE PERT SYSTEM IS A VALUABLE AID IN THE PLANNING OF THE LOGICAL STEPS TO BE FOLLOWED--IT ENABLES A CONSTANT PROGRESS CHECK TO BE MADE AND IT GRAPHICALLY DEMONSTRATES BOTTLENECKS OR TIME LAGS IN THE SCHEDULE. THE COLLEGE WILL USE THE PERT SYSTEM MORE EXTENSIVELY IN THE PLANNING AND BUILDING OF ITS NEXT CAMPUS WHEN A MORE NORMAL TIME SCHEDULE IS POSSIBLE. (JL)
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Authoring Institution: Northern Virginia Technical Coll., Baileys Crossroads.
Identifiers: Northern Virginia Technical College; Virginia (Baileys Crossroads)