ERIC Number: ED205109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Promoting a Planning Dialogue: A Role for Resource Models. AIR Forum 1981 Paper.
Teeter, Deborah J.; Stolz, R. Kenneth
The development of an interactive computer model at the University of Kansas and its potential to promote administrative involvement in sophisticated model development and to increase the effectiveness of institutional planning is considered. The model was developed to provide administrators a tool for analyzing the interaction of predicted enrollments with alternative staff, workload, and funding policies. The multiyear model, the Interactive Model of University Resources, is based on the assumption that students will demand a certain number of credit hours in various disciplines. Key outputs of the model include a comparison of faculty salary funding with salary costs and a display of the student credit hours (SCH) demanded by students versus the supply of SCH available given the existing number of faculty and established teaching loads. Among the parameters that were used to develop the model are: levels of instruction, types of faculty, and average faculty salaries by discipline by faculty type. An interim solution to meet the data requirements of the model and other analytical efforts involved using data in the personnel/payroll, student records, and other data bases and files. When beginning a simulation with the model, the user must select policies and assumptions from displayed menus such as enrollment protection technique and faculty attrition rate. The user can then choose the manual or automatic mode. In the manual mode, the user can vary the mix of faculty and workloads for each discipline for each year. In the automatic mode the user can choose whether the model will adjust faculty mix or workload to balance SCH supply to demand. A simplified version of the basic program algorithm for each discipline for a single year is diagramed. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, College Administration, College Faculty, College Planning, College Students, Computer Oriented Programs, Decision Making, Educational Demand, Educational Finance, Enrollment Projections, Faculty Workload, Financial Policy, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Models, Online Systems, Teacher Salaries
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; University of Kansas
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (21st, Minneapolis, MN, May 17-20, 1981).