ERIC Number: ED104746
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jan-31
Reference Count: N/A
Planning Student Flow with Linear Programming: A Tunisian Case Study.
A student flow model in linear programming format, designed to plan the movement of students into secondary and university programs in Tunisia, is described. The purpose of the plan is to determine a sufficient number of graduating students that would flow back into the system as teachers or move into the labor market to meet fixed manpower targets. The problem is to simultaneously consider a large number of programs and levels in the education system as well as to represent the production of teachers over a number of planning years. A linear programming model was chosen because of the wide availability of codes designed specifically for the optimization of linear problems. The modeling process illustrates the conceptual distinction between predictive and prescriptive planning. Predictive planning assumes externally controlled variables while prescriptive planning assumes that the government or planning body controls all the important variables. This model demonstrates that linear programming is suitable for both types of planning and that the ultimate determinants of the model are the manpower needs of the country. The structure of the model, its bounds and constraints with respect to pupil and teacher flow and graduation targets, and diagrams of the structure presented in the paper. (Author/JH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Agency for International Development (Dept. of State), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Program in International Education Finance.
Identifiers - Location: Tunisia