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About

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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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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Ad Astra Wins Technology Trailblazer Award in Complete College America's 2018 Seal of Approval Program

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Complete College America (CCA) today announced recipients of the Technology Trailblazers, a new tier of...

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From The Blog

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CCA Webinar - Ad Astra Recognized as Technology Trailblazer

We're honored to be recognized by Complete College America as a Technology Trailblazer award winner. You can learn more about how we're helping...

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What Can a University Learn From an Airline?

The divide between those inside the academy and those outside of it appears to be as big as ever, and it is continuing to widen. Those inside feel...

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Giving Back with Heart to Heart International

Giving back - there's just something about it. Whether you give your time, money, or expertise,  there's no other feeling quite like knowing you're...

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