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Our patented processes* behind Platinum Analytics™ provide evidence to support roll-forward schedule "realignment"—or periodic, high-impact adjustments to your academic schedule that respond to changes in resource availability and student needs. High-impact changes are those whose benefit outweighs the political "cost" of the change.
Reevaluating the sections and seats per course that are needed each term helps to free under-utilized space that can be used for higher-demand courses. This reallocation of resources not only addresses space bottlenecks, but also allows current students the opportunity to graduate sooner while making room for growing enrollments.
Platinum Analytics leverages data in student information systems and degree audit systems to inform academic departments, advisors and students. The result is better schedules and planning for your students.
A patented course-demand analysis tool that improves course availability, retention and graduation outcomes.
- Evaluates course offerings in relation to changing student demand to isolate section addition and reduction candidates
- Provides data to help you refine offering times to maximize course access for students
- Accelerating on-time completions by integrating student Academic Plan data with sophisticated course demand forecasting
The Challenge: Changing Course Needs
Colleges and universities need to respond to changing student course needs in order to make the right number of courses and seats available. Ignoring this common but serious problem leaves students without the courses they need to graduate and the institution with too many low enrollment classes.
Complex data analysis is required to make informed course offering management decisions. A thorough understanding of past and current enrollment information and current course needs of advancing students is critical to achieving a mission of improved retention and graduation rates.
Best Practice: Evidence-Based Decision Making
Having a better understanding of student demand for courses can turn schedule building into a student service operation and a resource management opportunity. To maximize access to high-demand courses, institutions should make adjustments to the time and number of offerings for particular courses. Adjusting offerings and times to reflect student need will help reduce empty seats and costs associated with part-time instruction, heating and cooling, security, janitorial services and other expensive resources. The goal is to maximize the value of each dollar spent on the academic operation, while allowing students the opportunity for on-time program completion.
*Many of the processes leveraged within Platinum Analytics™ have been awarded Patent No. US 7,805,107,B2 Sept. 28, 2010 and US 8,750,781 June 10, 2014 by the US Patent Office, meaning Ad Astra is the sole provider of these solutions.