Higher education in the United States (1985–2000): Scenario construction using a hierarchical framework with eigenvector weighting

Thomas Saaty
Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
University of Pittsburgh
United States
Paul C. Rogers
Department of Mathematics
University of Maine
United States

Publication date: Jul, 1976

Journal: Socio-Economic Planning Sciences
Vol.: 10- Issue: 1- Pages: 251-263

Abstract: The object of this paper is to illustrate an application of hierarchies and eigenvalues developed by the first author to the area of planning in higher education. We start with a brief discussion of the role of scenario construction in planning and follow it with a discussion of the role of hierarchies in system planning. We then summarize the eigenvalue procedure in measurement and use it to study impacts in a hierarchy. We illustrate its use in elementary examples by way of validation. Finally, we use all the fore-going ideas to construct a composite and likely future for higher education in the United States around 1985.

Keywords: Eigenvalue, Hierarchies, System planning, Higher Education