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A Comprehensive Planning Model for Long-Range Academic Strategies


  • A. Walters

    (Cornell University)

  • J. Mangold

    (Carnegie-Mellon University)

  • E. G. P. Haran

    (Carnegie-Mellon University)


In this paper we describe a multiperiod linear programming model designed to aid the administrator of a school in planning and decision-making for a five-year horizon. The technique of goal programming is employed to accommodate the multiplicity of goals and the marginal trade-offs inherent in such a process. The model includes faculty staffing goals, career constraints, teaching and course loads, tenure constraints and budget constraints. A weighted sum of the deviations from the staffing goals make up the objective function of the prototype model considered. Several methods of estimating the various parameters of the model are discussed, and the results of a small example are also discussed.

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  • A. Walters & J. Mangold & E. G. P. Haran, 1976. "A Comprehensive Planning Model for Long-Range Academic Strategies," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 22(7), pages 727-738, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:22:y:1976:i:7:p:727-738

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    1. Urban, Glen L. & Neslin, Scott A., 1976. "The design and marketing of new educational programs," Working papers 873-76., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management.
    2. Mustafa, A. & Goh, M., 1996. "Multi-criterion models for higher education administration," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 24(2), pages 167-178, April.
    3. Johnes, Jill, 2015. "Operational Research in education," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 243(3), pages 683-696.

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