Data Envelopment Analysis in Higher Education

  • Craig Lane

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    This study investigates the potential of Data Envelopment Analysis (DBA) within a higher education institution in relation to alternative measurement approaches.

    The first chapter presents an introduction to the higher education context with discussion of the issues affecting performance measurement. It also contains a brief introduction to DBA.

    Chapter Two is a review of the relevant literature. The main themes of the literature are performance measurement in education, the mathematical development of DBA and applications of DBA in numerous contexts with a focus on DBA applications in education.

    The theory behind DBA is contained in Chapter Three including an analysis of the type of information produced by DBA and discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the technique.

    Chapter Four presents the research methodology, detailing the approach adopted in applying each of the performance measurement techniques to the academic departments of the University of Glamorgan. This includes the design of an
    approach for the measurement of the value added to each department's students and methods for measuring the sensitivity of DEA results to model misspecification and error.

    The results of the application of the research methodology are detailed in Chapter Five and the final chapter contains an evaluation of the techniques applied using a variety of criteria.
    Date of AwardDec 1993
    Original languageEnglish

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