ERIC Number: ED078769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May
Educational Planning and Decision Making: The Use of Decision and Control Analysis.
Weathersby, George B.
This paper provides a concise statement of the current technology of quantitative analysis as applied to university decisionmaking. The author argues that quantitative decision analysis can be particularly relevant in situations involving stress, uncertainty, large amounts of resources, and institutional survival. The process of decision analysis is described. It begins with the identification of a set of operationally defined variables that characterize the components of the institution relevant to the decision under study. The set of functional relationships between the controllable variables and other attributes both inside and outside the institution are investigated. This provides a mathematical description of cause and effect and input and output. The operational articulation of the characteristics of an institution that results can provide a basic talking document for the resolution of conflict and the formulation of decisions. The current technology of decision analysis techniques and planning models is described. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of the motivation for decision analysis, and argues strongly for its increased use in academic settings. (Author)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Decision Making, Decision Making Skills, Educational Planning, Higher Education, Models, Productive Thinking, Universities
Ford Foundation, 2288 Fulton Street, Berkeley, California 94720
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Ford Foundation Program for Research in Univ. Administration.
Note: Paper presented as an address to the Association of Minnesota Colleges, May 1, 1970