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Don't Miss Our California Summit


We are excited to provide a forum to discuss the relationship between scheduling effectiveness, student progress, and completion.  Student progress is a critical driver of college retention and completion rates, yet it is an area in which higher education continues to struggle. Specifically, course schedules are often a barrier — not a clear path — to timely completion.


Learn how institutions across California prioritize student progress in student success strategies, introduce flexibility into the schedule strategically and ensure financial sustainability through student-centered scheduling.


The cost to attend is $50. For schools that have 5 or more attendees please email Lucy McGilley at lmcgilley@aais.com for a group discount. Finally, if you are interested in sharing your story let us know and you will receive a complimentary pass if selected. 


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Summit Agenda

  • 12:30 – 1:30pm: Registration

  • 1:30 - 1:45pm: Opening Introduction
    Allison Dean
    Regional Vice President

  • 1:45 – 2:45pm: San José State University Campus Story
    Sami Monsur
    Associate Vice President, Academic Business & Strategic Operations
    Sarah Schraeder Cisneros
    Academic Scheduling & Space Management

    Understanding the need for campus involvement, SJSU launched its Academic Strategic Space, Scheduling, and Enrollment Team (ASSSET) to provide leadership and engagement around academic space, scheduling, and enrollment, three areas critical to student success at San José State University. This collaborative draws on the insights of experienced department chairs, schedulers, associate deans, and senior leaders across Academic Affairs as well as Student Affairs, FD&O, and IT.  During this session, you’ll hear how SJSU and the ASSSET team have successfully launched Ad Astra. 

    2:45 – 3:00pm: Break/Snack

  • 3:00 – 3:30pm: Ad Astra Keynote & Roadmap
    Charlie Stroble
    Driector of Product Experience

  • 3:30 – 5:00pm: California Panel – CAL-GETC TR Pathways & Enrollment
    Sarah Collins
    Ad Astra President
    This will be a panel session with local and national perspectives on California legislation as well as national initiatives such as the redesign and implementation of transfer pathways and strategies around targeting re-enrollment to support completion and workforce initiatives.

  • 5:00pm: Happy Hour & Networking
    Sponsored by currIQūnet
  • 8:00 – 9:00am: Breakfast

  • 9:00 – 9:50am: Ad Astra Reporting (HESI & Benchmark Findings)
    Lena Sweyko
    Senior Data Analyst

    During this session, we’ll review findings from Ad Astra’s 2024 Benchmark Report, an analysis of the relationship between scheduling effectiveness, student progress, and completion. We’ll also be reviewing key metrics from Ad Astra’s Benchmark of academic space utilization and course offerings, Higher Education Scheduling Index (HESI).

  • 10:00 – 10:50am: Student Centered & Data Informed Scheduling through Ad Astra
    Allison Dean
    Regional Vice President

  • 11:00 – 11:45am: Breakout Sessions:
    Session 1: Astra Schedule to Essential Scheduling Migration
    Bea Rosales
    Client Success Lead

    Everything you need to know about migrating from Astra Schedule to Ad Astra's new platform. Plus, you'll see how you can use Essential Scheduling to advance your academics, elevate your events and operate more efficient schedule foundations.

    Session 2: Student Centered Reporting
    Lena Sweyko
    Senior Data Analyst

    Want to learn how Ad Astra can provide data insights into your student population? Join us as we showcase the reports used to identify roadblocks and track progress for your students. Highlights include DFW reporting, Momentum Year reporting, and Degree Velocity.

  • 11:45am – 12:00pm: Break/Snack  

  • 12:00 – 12:50pm: Tracking Faculty Load & Capacity Planning within Ad Astra
    Charlie Stroble
    Director of Product Experience

    Learn how Ad Astra can help your campus assign faculty to sections and meetings while gaining insight into overloaded schedules. During this session we’ll share how you can track program capacity through on-demand reports, anticipate faculty hiring needs in advance, and effectively manage the capacity of faculty and your programs.

  • 1:00 – 2:00pm: Closing Remarks & Lunch

Education is a journey. We set the course.

Ad Astra is the trusted partner of colleges and universities committed to graduating more students faster. ​Through data-informed planning and course scheduling, we empower institutions to remove barriers to completion while also ensuring financial sustainability.


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