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Company 

Our Mission

We help colleges and universities
graduate more students, faster.
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It all started when...

Tom Shaver launched Ad Astra in 1996, he understood that space management was both critically important and incredibly complex. However, measuring space utilization alone wasn’t enough. First, it was clear that measurement didn’t improve utilization; it simply confirmed the need to improve. Second, space was only part of the equation. Scheduling needed to be embraced as a way to not only allocate space, but also faculty resources; to deliver instruction, and to enable students to graduate on time. Shaver has led Ad Astra with this insight over the last 20 years, developing a suite of solutions designed to optimize space allocation and resource capacity within the scheduling process.

Ad Astra has collaborated with more than 1,000 higher education campuses and state systems that prioritize the stewardship of instructional resources and improved student outcomes.

Executive Leadership

Our leaders inspire us, drive us to pursue our mission, and are shockingly good at karaoke.
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Tom Shaver, Founder and CEO

Tom graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kansas before beginning his career in 1987 as the third generation to work in The Shaver...

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Sue Hickerson, Chief Financial Officer

Sue graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration.

She began her career with Ernst & Young and later...

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Sarah Collins, Chief Strategy Officer

Sarah graduated with a B.S. in Education from Kansas State University in 1995 and started her career teaching in the primary grades while taking on...

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Jackie Shaver, Chief Culture Officer

Jackie has been responsible for helping to develop and preserve Ad Astra’s unique company culture since she joined Ad Astra in 1998. She has been...

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Ryan Townsend, Chief Technology Officer

Ryan grew up in the Kansas City area before heading to Duke University, where he received undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Psychology....

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In the Press

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Georgia State University and AD Astra Will Collaborate on a Data Integration Framework Designed to Facilitate Student Success

WASHINGTONJune 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- DXtera Institute, an international nonprofit, member-based consortium dedicated to helping institutions and...

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Elon SAS Analytics Day sheds light on the role of 'big data'

The event sponsored by SAS, the Elon Center for Organizational Analytics and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics brought together national...

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Can Scheduling Bend the Curve on Student Success?

This article was recently published on eSchoolMedia.com

In the world of public policy, “bending the curve” describes efforts to change the...

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From The Blog

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Astra 101: A Podcast on Velocity

Interested in hearing more about degree velocity and how to can benefit your institution?

Ad Astra's Degree Velocity Analysis is the leading...

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Ad Astra Announces Partnership with Crestron Room Scheduling

Ad Astra is excited to announce the integration partnership with Crestron Room Scheduling. Astra Schedule on Crestron’s touch screens is your...

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Forbes | A New Initiative Looks To Save Failing Students -- and Their Colleges

Can your students get access to the courses they need to graduate on time? Or are space issues, enrollment trends, and institutional politics getting...

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