Research in Higher Education

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 49–68 | Cite as

Evaluating college campus closings for the 1980s: A case application of an optimization model

  • Stephen A. Hoenack
  • Janet K. Roemer


Institutional administrators, faculty, state planners, and legislatures have little analytical basis available to help them cope with the expected excess higher education capacity of the 1980s. Without objective criteria, state planners and legislatures are likely to propose across-the-board reductions even if it were preferable to close some institutions and expand others. This study is a case application of an optimization model to two community colleges in northern Minnesota. Using estimated enrollment demand functions and readily available data on size, quality, and costs, this model is designed to assist policymakers in identifying overbuilt institutions and programs that should be closed. The state's objective in the model is to satisfy specified proportions of enrollment demand with a minimum expenditure of state funds.


High Education Optimization Model Education Research Demand Function Community College 
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© Agathon Press, Inc 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen A. Hoenack
    • 1
    • 2
  • Janet K. Roemer
    • 2
  1. 1.Humphrey Institute of Public AffairsUniversity of MinnesotaUSA
  2. 2.Management Information DivisionUniversity of MinnesotaUSA

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