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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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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May College Courses are Either Overloaded or Underfilled. That May be Hurting Retention.

Crafting an efficient schedule of college course offerings means solving a complex puzzle. And more colleges these days are turning to algorithms to...

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When Faculty Lines Pay for Themselves

Institutions are looking for ways to improve space utilization, increase student degree progression, and allocate faculty resources more...

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From The Blog

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Ad Astra Announces Partnership with Keywest Technology

Ad Astra is excited to announce our integration partnership with Keywest Technology. They are passionate about better communication for students,...

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Ad Astra Announces Partnership with Streamside Solutions

Ad Astra is excited to announce our integration partnership with Streamside Solutions- Events2HVAC software. With Streamside Solutions, you will be...

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Efficiency Doesn't Have To Be Scary
With Halloween just behind us, the thought of ghouls and goblins are still fresh in our minds. While fictitious characters tend to frighten and...
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