Optimization in Academia*

Justin O'Pella

Abstract


The paper uses mixed-integer programming to schedule adjucnt faculty to teach in a graduate program at a small university and seeks to find the optimal assignments based on minimizing cost and achieving a specified level of quality. The focus of the paper is formulating university policy and standards of the program into a mathematical model to serve as constraints. Once the model is developed, sensitivity analysis provides key insights on how several adjustments affect the optimal result.

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