The application of analytic hierarchy process in higher-learning institutions: A literature review

Azilah Anis

Rafikul Islam
International Islamic University Malaysia

Publication date: Jul, 2015

Journal: J. for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development
Vol.: 8- Issue: 2- Pages: 166-182

Publisher: InderScience

Abstract: Currently, there has been increasing interest in the application of the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) in the educational sector. However, little effort has been made in reviewing its applications particularly in higher-learning institutions (HLIs). Thus, this paper attempts to systematically review and critically examine the applications of the AHP in this context covering 33 empirical and conceptual studies published in the period of 1992-2013. The studies are examined on the basis of four specific dimensions: publication year, country of origin, integrated techniques that were simultaneously applied along with AHP and also the HLI areas wherein the AHP was applied. The systematic analysis reveals that the AHP was dominantly applied in measuring quality education of HLIs, faculty member evaluation, performance measurement, strategic planning, university choice and selection of university majors.

Keywords: AHP, Analytic Hierarchy Process, Literature review