Land grant institutions are faced with the difficult tasks of maintaining quality teaching, research, and extension programs under declining student enrollments and reduced financial support from federal and state governments. A major factor in the quality, reputation, and flexibility of different colleges within a land grant institution is the composition of the college's faculty. For this paper a Markov Chain Faculty Flow Model was developed to project future faculty composition for each college given a specific faculty hiring policy. When the Markov Chain Faculty Flow Model is combined with the university budget and curriculum direction of the university administration, administration and faculty of the College of Agriculture can estimate the potential effects as to teaching loads, course offerings, and research fund support within the college.
faculty, land grant institutions