ERIC Number: ED161379
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: N/A
Multi-Level Information Systems. AIR Forum Paper 1978.
Jones, Leighton D.; Trautman, DeForest L.
To support informational needs of day-to-day and long-range decision-making, many universities have developed their own data collection devices and institutional reporting systems. Often these models only represent a single point in time and do not effectively support needs at college and departmental levels. This paper identifies some of the more prevalent problems encountered with higher level information models and discusses Higher Education Planning Systems (HEPS) as a viable alternative that will serve all organizational levels. HEPS's reports are produced at several levels of aggregation and display data for several time periods. A technical overview of the HEPS subset is presented as implemented by the University of Toledo, utilizing data from the College of Business Administration. Costing methodology is the fulcrum of a planning process designed to affect budgeting. The manner of recording courses that span multiple instructional levels and the method of representing faculty work load are essential to costing the components of instruction. Two methods of recording faculty work load were tested in HEPS: (1) assigned work load and (2) diary type of work load. Reactions and comments from different levels within the University and proposed future uses for this system are discussed. (Author/JMD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Toledo Univ., OH.