Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

2001 Edition
| Editors: Saul I. Gass, Carl M. Harris

Higher education

  • James C. Hearn
  • John R. Lough
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-0611-X_419

Until the mid-1960s, rigorous planning techniques and serious attention to campus resource allocations were relatively uncommon in higher education. Expansionist institutions were flush with both students and public support. Nevertheless, in the ensuing years, academic administrators' interest in better management techniques was heightened by the increasing size and complexity of academic organizations and by persuasive warnings of shrunken public financing and reduced numbers of college-going young people. By the early 1980s, college and university operations were a well-established locus of interest among OR/MS professionals. Since that time, however, the trend appears to have reversed. Although no hard evidence is available, a scan of literature and professional activity in the field suggests that the interest in using management science approaches on campus has waned somewhat.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

The earliest appearance of modern OR/MS applications in higher education came in the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • James C. Hearn
    • 1
  • John R. Lough
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GeorgiaAthensUSA