Accession Number : AD0674588

Title :   A FLOW MODEL FOR HIGHER EDUCATION,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Hammond,Allen L.

Report Date : AUG 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : The use of a flow model makes it possible to obtain the dynamic relationships between the various groups involved in higher education. It provides a means of making quantitative estimates of observed trends, or analyzing the effect of particular policies on dynamic relationships. The model summarizes the behavior of the educational system into a few parameters, the growth rate, the equilibrium and damping ratios, which display the essential characteristics of the system at once. Further, the equations derived for the model and the parameters summarized seem to represent what empirical data are available on the system, and to predict reasonable and consistent values within the limiting assumptions of the model. As more data become available, it should be possible to extend the model to include a wider range of groups as well as apply it more accurately to specific situations. Such a model can serve to point out data of critical interest which should be gathered, as for example the attrition rate in graduate schools. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*EDUCATION, MATHEMATICAL MODELS), FLOW CHARTING, STUDENTS, INSTRUCTORS, DECISION MAKING, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, EQUATIONS, MATHEMATICAL PREDICTION

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE