Universities are facing funding concerns as state education boards pursue cuts to help meet increasingly restrictive budgetary requirements imposed by the national economic crisis. To remain effective in light of these funding cuts, universities are hiring more adjunct professors to meet a growing student demand as more people elect to return to school rather than pursue already limited employment opportunities in progressively more competitive employment environments. Our project focused on the Systems Science Graduate Program at Portland State University, which served as a microcosm of this growing trend in education. Our aim was to create a decision support tool to optimize the System Science Graduate Program class schedule, to assist the program director in assigning classes to professors, and to support the decision to hire adjunct professors as the need arises.
Nielsen, Alex; Gilliland, Garrett; Alluhibi, Asem; Nguyen, Tin; and Pakdeekasem, Pinprapa, "Project Report: Optimization Systems Science Courses" (2011). Engineering and Technology Management Student Projects. 623.