Key Operational Metrics Gathered from 114 Higher Education Institutions
Recent report offers unprecedented insights into the state of higher education
Overland Park, KS (November 16, 2015) – Ad Astra Information Systems™, L.L.C., the industry leader in higher education scheduling software services, announced today the release of its inaugural Higher Education Scheduling Index (HESI™) Report, an annual publication that offers an unprecedented summation of the state of higher education within the academic and room scheduling arenas.
The 2015 Higher Education Scheduling Index Report reflects national averages and trends derived from Ad Astra’s proprietary Higher Education Scheduling Index (HESI™), the industry’s only peer comparison database comprised of performance indicators from more than 100+ higher education institutions worldwide.
Aside from unearthing key findings (see below), the report also includes short case studies from Ad Astra clients, as well as information regarding best practices that can lead to improvements in balancing instructional resource utilization, student-centric scheduling, and student success.
2015 Report Key Findings:
The following performance metrics represent the average performance of the 100+ institutions represented by the HESI™.
- 43% of all institutions’ offered courses were classified as Under-filled, needing fewer seats and/or sections.
- 40% of the sections were offered Off-Grid (non-standard meeting patterns) during Primetime, the times during the week that course offerings are most concentrated.
- 19% of all course offerings/sections in a typical schedule may not be needed due to insufficient student demand.
“Student success and finances are the two biggest concerns in higher education today,” said Tom Shaver, Ad Astra’s Founder and CEO. “An argument could be made that the most important opportunity to address these concerns is effective allocation of faculty and space. Our extensive research and experience in the industry has demonstrated that strategic scheduling can provide solutions for each of these challenges.”
To schedule an interview with Tom Shaver, Founder and CEO, or Sarah Collins, Chief Client Experience Officer, please contact Emily Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 913-652-4144. For more information, visit www.aais.com. To download a copy of the HESI™, please click here.
Ad Astra Information Systems™ gathers operational data from Ad Astra’s Strategic Scheduling CheckUp™, a customized analysis of an institution’s instructional capacity and course offerings. Data collected through the Strategic Scheduling CheckUp™ is anonymized and added to the Higher Education Scheduling Index (HESI™). When this report was produced, the HESI was comprised of data from 114 higher education institutions. The HESI grows more robust monthly; it now represents 126 schools.
More About the Strategic Scheduling CheckUp™
Institutions that engage with Ad Astra’s Strategic Scheduling CheckUp™ are ranked on a percentile relative to the industry benchmarks established by the HESI™. The consulting component of this service also includes specific recommendations for change to improve institutional efficiencies, enabling higher education leaders to track long-term improvement.
About Ad Astra Information Systems™, L.L.C.
Ad Astra Information Systems™, L.L.C., the industry leader in higher education scheduling software services, has partnered with more than 800 higher education institutions and systems worldwide. Based in Overland Park, Kansas, Ad Astra offers data-informed software solutions and professional services that help institutions effectively allocate space and faculty resources, forecast student demand, and accelerate student completions.
Founded in 1996, the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company currently holds a U.S. patent for its innovative method of determining student demand for academic courses. Academic institutions that partner with Ad Astra experience improved stewardship of instructional resources, streamlined student access to courses, and accelerated student completions.