MUSE–Model for University Strategic Evaluation. AIR 2002 Forum Paper

October 21, 2005

A model for simulating college and university operations, finances, program investments, and market response in terms of applicants, acceptances, and retention has been developed and implemented using the system dynamics approach. The Model for University Strategic Evaluation (MUSE) is a simulation of the total operations of the university, although its current formulation is oriented to investigating policy and planning questions around the undergraduate educational program. System dynamics is a simulation modeling methodology designed for representing complex, dynamic structures that involve interconnected sequences of causes and effects. The university simulator discussed in this paper is relevant to any higher educational institution. The paper explains the models structure, mechanics, and data requirements, and demonstrates its application. (Author/SLD)

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