Network DEA: an application to analysis of academic performance


1 School of Engineering, Alzahra University, Tehran, 1993891176, Iran

2 Department of Industrial Engineering, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, 19967-15433, Iran


As governmental subsidies to universities are declining in recent years, sustaining excellence in academic
performance and more efficient use of resources have become important issues for university stakeholders. To
assess the academic performances and the utilization of the resources, two important issues need to be addressed,
i.e., a capable methodology and a set of good performance indicators as we consider in this paper. In this paper,
we propose a set of performance indicators to enable efficiency analysis of academic activities and apply a novel
network DEA structure to account for subfunctional efficiencies such as teaching quality, research productivity, as
well as the overall efficiency. We tested our approach on the efficiency analysis of academic colleges at Alzahra
University in Iran.