Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 2011


Timothy Anderson

Course Title

Operations Research

Course Number

ETM 540


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.


This project is only available to students, faculty, and staff of Portland State University.

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