ERIC Number: ED077408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Computerized Institutional Planning Models: An Objective Analysis.
Wartgow, Jerome F.
This paper summarizes the findings of a research project that was designed to assess the utilization of computer simulation models in the administration of higher education. The problem was approached through an examination of the experiences reported by colleges and universities that had implemented and were using one or another of these models as an administrative aid. The case studies represent a variety of institutional types and structures and reflect experiences with 3 of the more widely used simulation systems. These are generally known by the acronyms of CAMPUS, HELP/PLANTRAN, and SEARCH. It seems that overall, experiences to date have indicated that the time and expense involved with computerized planning models have not been justified in terms of the extent of their utilization. However, this conclusion must be considered in the context of their utilization. However, this conclusion must be considered in the context of the following qualifications: (1) an important benefit of the utilization of these models is that attention is focused on long-range planning; (2) the models have the greatest potential of becoming a valuable tool in institutions that are in the process of change; and (3) the value of computer planning models in higher education is dependent on the ability of the user to recognize situations in which this tool is needed and appropriate. (HS)
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Authoring Institution: Governors State Univ., Park Forest South, IL.
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North Central Association, Chicago, March 25-29, 1973