ERIC Number: ED080095
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-May
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A Deterministic Model for Investigating the Feasibility of Year Round Operation of Universities in the Province of Ontario.
Christie, C. J.; Hipgrave, D. J.
This paper describes a computer model that was developed for use to predict the effects of operating the universities in the province of Ontario on a year round basis. The apparent advantage in going to year round operation of universities is the saving in capital costs of buildings and other facilities. This can be achieved because the student enrollment is spread more evenly over the twelve month year and therefore fewer students are in attendance at any one time. The disadvantage of year round operation is the increase in operational costs due to increased instruction costs associated with offering courses year round and also other costs associated with opening the university facilities all year. Whether any particular program of year round operation results in a net saving over the standard two term program depends on many factors and is the purpose of this model. This study was undertaken on behalf of the Ontario Commission on Post Secondary Education. The paper describes how key variables were identified, the method of analysis and the important conclusions derived from the results of the model. Particular attention is given to the problems encountered in obtaining data and how these problems were overcome by using a parametric approach. This allowed a sensitivity analysis to be performed whereby key variables were assigned different values and the sensitivity of the costs to these changes was observed. (Author)
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Sponsor: Ontario Commission on Post Secondary Education, Toronto.
Authoring Institution: Woods, Gordon and Co., Toronto (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada