astra_camo_header.png

Company 

Our Mission

We help colleges and universities
graduate more students, faster.
image-1

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.
feature image
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...

Read More
feature image
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...

Read More
feature image
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...

Read More
feature image
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...

Read More

In the Press

feature image
Visix Releases AxisTV Signage Suite v1.27 with Support for SAML 2.0, Astra Schedule and More

ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 19, 2019 / Digital Signage Connection/– Visix, Inc. has released version 1.27 of their AxisTV Signage Suite enterprise digital...

Read More
feature image Data Emsi Course Scheduling
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...

Read More
feature image Student Success Data Integration Georgia State University DXtera
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...

Read More

From The Blog

feature image Online Classes Client Resource Astra Schedule
Five Tips for Transitioning to Online Classes with Astra Schedule

Higher education has risen to the challenge required to navigate the transition to an online only instructional environment in a short amount of...

Read More
feature image Monitor Align Like Term Trend Analysis Reallocation of Resources Consecutive Term Analysis Historical Analysis
The Art and Science of Scheduling

The process of building an effective course schedule goes beyond rolling over a master schedule year over year. It requires a delicate balance of...

Read More
feature image Monitor Align Features and Benefits
Course Scheduling Simplified

As a Senior Strategic Consultant at Ad Astra, I work with institutions who are trying to overcome the daunting challenge of offering enough of the ...

Read More