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Enhance capacity without sacrificing quality.
Academic space and program of study capacities can be assessed by identifying the most constrained rooms and required courses, respectively. Once understood, these space and program bottlenecks can be effectively addressed in ways that increase capacities - often without additional resources and related expense. This approach unlocks the ability to support growing and/or changing enrollments without sacrificing quality.
The traditional approach to academic space management has been focused on statistical space utilization. While this approach shows how space is used, it typically fails to guide an institution toward better utilization or an understanding of enrollment capacity. This strategy can also focus attention on things that are expensive or difficult to address, such as outdated rooms and evolving pedagogy. Space management that requires changes to room inventories or instructional styles compromises the main goal of academic space - to support the academic mission. Instead, our experience has shown that focusing on the effective allocation of the most desirable rooms - especially during primetime - is the best way to improve capacity (and ultimately utilization) while maintaining quality.
Academic Program capacity bottlenecks, in the form of high-demand required courses, are often anecdotally known to exist but rarely managed. As a result, schools restrict enrollments or accept delayed completion in specific programs. The targeted identification of these bottleneck courses and the additional seats needed to support changing student demand are the keys to managing academic program capacity.
When coupled with analytics tools, metrics and scheduling policies that enforce objective and equitable assignments, these approaches empower capacity management that serves the best interests of your institution and your students.
Intelligent capacity management.
Ad Astra's solutions help institutions eliminate space and course bottlenecks. We can help you make sense of your data and gain insight into:
- Underlying causes of and solutions to your space bottlenecks
- Steps to creating a data-driven academic scheduling policy that ensures effective space management
- Opportunities to enhance your campus' capacity through targeted technology enhancements or renovation
- Demand for additional sections of gateway courses that would extend the effective capacity of academic programs