ERIC Number: ED254922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-4
Reference Count: 0
Retrenchment in Education: Hierarchical Decision Models for Instructional Program Termination, District Consolidations and School Closures.
Wholeben, Brent Edward
A number of key issues facing elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational administrators during retrenchment require a hierarchical decision-modeling approach. This paper identifies and discusses the use of a hierarchical multiple-alternatives modeling formulation (computer-based) that compares and evaluates a group of solution alternatives for (1) their feasibility as defined by the criterion constraints of the solution environment and (2) their individual contribution to the goals of the decision model. The application of this hierarchical multiple-alternatives model is illustrated with respect to three specific problem areas: (1) targeting of individual program budgets for graduated reduction; (2) consolidation of separate school districts into a unified district; and (3) selective analysis of individual schools in a district for subsequent closure, lease, sale, and/or mothballing. Finally, currently available computer programs are evaluated for their utility in hierarchical decision-modeling. Two pages of references are included. (TE)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Computer Simulation, Consolidated Schools, Decision Making, Educational Administration, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Management Information Systems, Models, Problem Solving, Retrenchment, School Closing, School District Reorganization
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Decision Support Systems; Hierarchical Decision Models
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).