This decision-making analysis was completed to assist leaders in the Department of Engineering Studies of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in determining a program offering. The analysis utilized a mixed scanning framework and mixed methods to determine DES and NTID program offerings for the Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) degree that trains students for employment as technicians. The impact of five alternatives on 10 objectives was predicted based on data from a faculty focus group, individual interviews, surveys, and literature analysis. The five alternatives were to maintain the status quo, add a new AOS program (i.e., Biomedical Equipment Repair Technician (BERT) or Renewable Energy/Sustainability Technician (RE/ST)), or eliminate an existing program (Computer Aided Drafting Technology) and add a new program (BERT or RE/ST). The potential influence of the alternatives on each objective was predicted based on the data, and a marginal cost analysis was utilized for each evaluated alternative. Alterative one did not have a cost increase; the total five-year net revenue for the remaining alternatives were ($951,407.42) for alternative two, $397,617.38 for alternative three, ($2,702,449.97) for alternative four, and ($1,448,619.32) for alternative five. The recommended alternative was derived through comparing alternatives and their merits through two tradeoff procedures. The first procedure was to find and eliminate alternatives through dominance. The second was to use an even swap method to remove objectives. Combining both strategies and repeating the procedure until the last remaining alternative remained resulted in the final recommendation, which is alternative 2, add the BERT program.

Date of creation, presentation, or exhibit

Spring 2016


Dissertation for Doctor in Education degree, Department of Education Leadership, University of Rochester.

Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

Engineering Studies (NTID)


RIT – Main Campus