ERIC Number: ED027831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
A Systems Model for Management, Planning, and Resource Allocation in Institutions of Higher Education. Final Report.
Koenig, H. E.
From the systems point of view, the objectives of higher education cannot be defined apart from the economic and social context in which the university operates. The report presents the results of a 4-year research project during which a mathematical model was developed to describe the way in which the university, as part of a socioeconomic system, utilizes its resources in production. The model, designed to aid university administrators in the overall allocation of resources, consists of sets of equations that describe the relationship of resources to production and, based on these, the associated unit costs of production. Resources (input) are described as personnel, space, and equipment, and products (output) as developed manpower, research, and public or technical services. The model does not tell the decision maker how to create a more effective educational institution, but provides him with a tool for evaluating the changes in the types of resources --or the potential economic gain-- which could result from proposed changes in the design of the institution. The report contains a brief non-technical review and a detailed technical description of the model, and discussion on and examples of how to use it in administration. Documented descriptions of data processing and simulation programs are also included, as well as a bibliography and auxiliary reports that were developed during the life of the project. (WM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Div. of Engineering Research.