What’s your HESI?
With finite instructional resources, ever-changing course demand, and tight budgets, it’s no secret that operational efficiency is a hot topic in the higher education world.
But how efficient is the higher education industry, as a whole? And how much – if any – can it improve?
The 2015 Higher Education Scheduling Index Report reflects national averages and trends derived from the Higher Education Scheduling Index (HESI™), Ad Astra Information Systems’ proprietary peer comparison database comprised of key performance indicators from 114 higher education institutions in North America.
The HESI metrics provide key context for comparing institutional performance to the industry as whole, as well as within different sub-sets of “like” institutions. Ad Astra recently released a special edition of the 2015 Higher Education Scheduling Index Report with an addendum that highlights metrics related to AASCU member institutions. (Approximately 36 schools, or 27% of those benchmarked in the HESI, are AASCU members.)
Ultimately, the HESI is intended to inform academic operational decisions, as well as to advance student success efforts.
Who’s included in the HESI?
The information represented in the HESI is gleaned from institutions that engage in Ad Astra’s Strategic Scheduling CheckUp™, a customized analysis of an institution’s instructional capacity and course offerings. Those institutions’ data are then collected, 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 131 schools.
How do AASCU members measure up?
The charts below compare the HESI averages to the averages of the AASCU subset. Consider the key findings:
Every institution has unrealized opportunities for better space management and course scheduling. By making targeted changes to class schedules and instructional resource allocation, institutions can increase their students’ velocity to completion.
For further information or to receive other key findings related to the HESI, please contact Sarah Collins, Ad Astra’s Chief Client Experience Officer at (913) 652-4120 or email@example.com.