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Assigning students to academic majors


  • Saber, Hussein M.
  • Ghosh, Jay B.


We address here the problem of assigning undergraduate students to academic major areas at a Middle-Eastern business school, which is quite different from what one usually faces in the West. Our formulation considers the student's preference in the light of his/her performance in certain bellwether courses and various practical constraints in arriving at an initial solution. We present a linear program that maximizes the overall value of the assignments to the students as well as the academic units concerned. We show through a real example how this approach has been implemented as one step in the major-assignment process.

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  • Saber, Hussein M. & Ghosh, Jay B., 2001. "Assigning students to academic majors," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 29(6), pages 513-523, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jomega:v:29:y:2001:i:6:p:513-523

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    1. Geiger, Martin Josef & Wenger, Wolf, 2010. "On the assignment of students to topics: A Variable Neighborhood Search approach," Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 44(1), pages 25-34, March.


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