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A Methodology for Determining Air Force Education Requirements Board (AFERB) Advanced Academic Degree (AAD) Requirements

A Methodology for Determining Air Force Education Requirements Board (AFERB) Advanced Academic Degree (AAD) Requirements

Tara L. Terry
Albert A. Robbert
John E. Boon
Perry Shameem Firoz
S. Craig Moore
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 56
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    A Methodology for Determining Air Force Education Requirements Board (AFERB) Advanced Academic Degree (AAD) Requirements
    Book Description:

    Predicting the number of Air Force billet vacancies that will require an advanced academic degree (AAD) can be difficult and can lead to inaccuracies that result in either a shortfall or an oversupply of officers with specific degrees and academic specialties. This report examines the process by which the Air Force matches personnel with AADs to billets requiring them, and it describes a methodology for improving this process.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8475-0
    Subjects: History, Business, Management & Organizational Behavior

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Figures
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. Tables
    (pp. ix-x)
  6. Summary
    (pp. xi-xii)
  7. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  8. Abbreviations
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  9. 1. Introduction
    (pp. 1-4)

    The United States Air Force uses graduate education for dual purposes: to train officers to be critical thinkers and to fill functional requirements for advanced academic degree (AAD) requirements within the Air Force as well as requirements for new faculty. This report focuses on the functional and faculty requirements.

    To meet these requirements, career field managers (CFMs) and Air Force academic institutions annually

    review all their authorizations (or billets) to determine whether an AAD requirement on the billet is still valid or whether an AAD requirement should be added to the billet

    determine AAD-coded billet vacancies for all valid AAD...

  10. 2. Outcomes of the Current AAD Process: Analysis of Officers Earning Advanced Academic Degrees, Billet Grade Structure, and Payback Rates
    (pp. 5-12)

    This chapter investigates the extent to which the current AAD process matches officers who have earned Air Force–funded AADs¹ with the education requirements of the corresponding AAD billet vacancies to determine whether the Air Force could increase the return on its investment in its graduate education program. Additionally, this chapter investigates the effect of the grade structure of AAD-coded billet requirements and the timing of officers earning AADs to assess whether the supply and the demand are in alignment. A poor match rate between earned AADs and billet requirements and/or misalignment between grade requirements and the year of service...

  11. 3. AAD Production Requirements Model
    (pp. 13-34)

    The purpose of this chapter is to present the findings from two Excel-based modeling tools that can strengthen the processes currently used to determine AAD production requirements and aid in quota allocation distribution to career fields and academic institutions. We briefly describe how the modeling tools fit into the current process, with slight modification, as well as the inputs into the models (data and how we characterized or grouped the data), some important data processing issues, and the model methodology. Lastly, we’ll present the modeling results and our findings. The findings include a summary sheet containing aggregate production requirements for...

  12. 4. Conclusions and Recommendations
    (pp. 35-36)

    The Excel-based modeling tools discussed in this report provide the AFERB Working Group and functional or academic institution users with initial recommendations for the number of graduate degrees that should be earned in the near future to satisfy AAD requirements based on historical information. As the recommended AAD production from the model is dependent upon, and sensitive to, tenure in AAD positions and historical utilization, we make the following recommendations to help improve the effectiveness of the AAD process, tenure and utilization rates, and the results from the modeling tools.

    To increase utilization and tenure, while ensuring the proper inventory...

  13. Appendix: AAD Production Calculation Example
    (pp. 37-38)
  14. References
    (pp. 39-40)