A Productivity Index Model for Philippine Engineering Schools

Aura C. Matias


The measurements of the productivity of education systems necessarily rely on numerous interrelated aspects and judgements. This paper illustrates an application of the concepts of multi-attribute utility evaluation of productivity for engineering educations institutions based on the assessment of deans of engineering school/colleges in the Philippines. The school administrators selected for the surveys and elicitation process where form school that offered both B.S. Chemical and B.S. Mechanical Engineering undergraduate programs. Fifteen schools from the total list of 196 engineering schools (based on the official list of recognized engineering schools as of 1987, Technical Panel for Engineering Education) responded to the survey. Five of these respondents were selected for the further development and assessment of the proposed model.

Seventeen quantitative and qualitative measures of productivity were identified. The assessment produced as additive multi-attribute function with a bilinear sub-model for quality and quantity of research outputs. The model was tested using 4 engineering schools in the National Capital Region. The model was partially successful in evaluating the performance of the selected school.

The potential application of the resulting aggregate measure is promising. However, it will have to go through refinements and adjustments to be truly representative of the preference consensus of the different school administrators. The development of a model relating the productivity index with a capability index is suggested as the most interesting extension of the model.

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