ERIC Number: ED081402
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Academic Departmental Management: An Application of an Interactive Multicriterion Optimization Approach.
Geoffrion, A. M.; And Others
This paper presents the conceptual development and application of a new interactive approach for multicriterion optimization to the aggregate operating problem of an academic department. This approach provides a mechanism for assisting an administrator in determing resource allocation decisions and only requires local trade-off and preference information about his objectives and values. This interactive approach is described in the context of a specific mathematical programming algorithm (the Frank-Wolfe method). The mathematical model of the operations of an academic department is then detailed. A numerical example of the use of this model coupled with the interaction procedure is provided. This example is taken from actual experience with a pilot implementation of the approach for the Graduate School of Management at UCLA, where the authors are attempting to install it as a permanent decisionmaking model. The authors conclude that the approach used here will permit the successful treatment of many other problems in higher education not previously considered amenable to solution via mathematical programming due to the multiciplicity of criteria. (Author)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Administrative Problems, Administrators, Decision Making Skills, Departments, Educational Administration, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Models, Resource Allocation
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Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Ford Foundation Program for Research in Univ. Administration.