ERIC Number: ED224463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Computer Simulation and Decision-Making: The Preparation of Mid-Level Managers for Higher Education.
Poppenhagen, Brent W.; McArdle, Richard J.
Experiential learning has seen limited application in the preparation of higher education administrators. During recent years, however, simulation games which link cognitive social science knowledge with management skills have been applied to classroom training in this field. A National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) Resource Requirement Prediction Model (RRPM) was adapted and assessed for use as a simulation game. Subjects were 35 students enrolled in a master's degree course on the organization and administration of higher education. Using a simulation game involving teams, participants increased their ability to identify organizational variables and relate them to decision-making, while also increasing their ability to see relationships among variables and choose alternative decision-making paths. Most participants experienced a significant attitude change toward the use of this type of quantitative management tool and computer simulation. The report of this study includes a five-item bibliography and the Quantitative Methods Opinionnaire used to measure participants' attitudes. (Author/LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Resource Requirements Prediction Model
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Improving University Teaching (8th, Berlin, West Germany, July 1982).