Accession Number : ADA180836

Title :   A Decision Support System for the Allocation of Faculty Among Academic Departments at West Point.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY MILITARY PERSONNEL CENTER ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Donnithorne,Larry R.

Report Date : MAY 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 178

Abstract : A curricular change in 1980 sharply altered the distribution of workload among departments at West Point. To assist decision makers in the reallocation of faculty resources among departments, I used an electronic spreadsheet to formulate a decision support system (DSS)--a small mathematical model that assists decision-makers by clarifying alternatives. The DSS uses past data to estimate future enrollments, from which it calculates the future distribution of instructional workload among departments and subsequently suggests allocations of faculty, based upon parameters chosen by the decision-maker. The goal of formulating that tool was achieved; however, an unexpected insight accrued as well. The model predicts that past irregularities of entering class size will be repeated in the future if West Point maintains its present policy regarding entering class size, attempting to fill the student body to its capacity every year. Under that policy, an irregularity in entering class size repeats itself in a four-year cycle that dampens only after 20 to 30 years. Irregularities in the entering class size quickly become irregularities in the size of the upper classes, and the workloads of individual departments fluctuate year-by-year as those irregularly-sized classes flow through West Point.

Descriptors :   *ALLOCATIONS, *DECISION MAKING, *WORKLOAD, INSTRUCTORS, DISTRIBUTION, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY, SIZES(DIMENSIONS), INSTRUCTIONS, WORKLOAD, STUDENTS, RESOURCES, ESTIMATES, MANPOWER, POLICIES

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE