Planning for Higher Education Journal

Visualization of Academic Efficiency and Productivity

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From Volume 34 Number 3 | April–June 2006
By Carl N. Drummond

Institution(s) referenced in this resource:
Indiana University-Purdue University

A simple and readily understandable visual display of quantitative measures of academic efficiency and productivity is demonstrated in this article. This graphical construction facilitates annual comparisons of unit efficiency and productivity as well as an analysis of temporal changes in unit activity. By establishing a common framework upon which a data-driven conversation regarding unit activity is constructed, this method produces a single graphical representation of the activities of any academic unit. As such, this technique assists academic decision makers with goal setting, resource allocation and reallocation, and the program prioritization process.

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