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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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Ad Astra and Emsi Team Up to Help Colleges and Universities Connect Real-Time Workforce Data to Course Scheduling

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Oct. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ad Astra, the developer of popular scheduling solutions now used by over 500 colleges and...

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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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From The Blog

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Ad Astra Announces Partnership with 7 Point Solutions

Ad Astra is excited to announce our partnership with 7 Point Solutions! With their mobile application, OPS, college campuses across the country are...

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Monitor: A Vice President's Perspective

As a Vice President/Dean, I never truly knew which specific courses would fill up quickly and which ones would end up in the dreaded course...

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Monitor: Through the Eyes of an Associate Provost

For college students, course registration is a high stakes activity and can mean the difference between staying on time to degree completion or...

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