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Managing the Academic Enterprise

The Foundation for Navigating the Future

Continuous improvement and data-informed refinement of your academic operations are more critical than ever before. We understand how imperative it is to remain financially sustainable while advancing student success. To help, we’ve created the framework below to help you better manage your academic enterprise for completions, implement student success interventions, and measure progress.  
 
Learn more about managing the academic enterprise from our founder and CEO, Tom Shaver, and Sarah Collins, Chief Strategy Officer. Then, discover actions you can implement today. 

"We’ve been very focused for 25 years now on helping Chief Academic Officers and academic departments manage all the complexities of rolling out a schedule. What we’ve learned over the years is that it’s such a challenging problem that we needed to bring all the pieces together in an integrated, synergistic framework to help them with that problem."
-Tom Shaver, Founder and CEO at Ad Astra

Start Anywhere, Go Everywhere

Looking for solutions to help you achieve the pillars within the Managing the Academic Enterprise framework? We've got you covered. Learn more about each Ad Astra solution below, and understand which pillars they support by referring to the colored dots.  

Degree Velocity

Can your students get access to the courses they need to graduate on time? 

By analyzing leading indicators of graduations rates like pathway, program, department, and college data, institutions can uncover patterns of completion at current velocity while also discovering what changes can be implemented to increase student success. 

Solutions to help you: Velocity, Impact, Momentum Year  

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Pathways

Are you looking to better manage your sequence of courses to improve Degree Velocity, Enrollment Health, and Financial Health? 

Ensure you remove the barriers to student progress by digitizing and assess your pathway structure. By leveraging data to understand your pathway courses' enrollment health, you’ll be able to model the impact of course sharing and course choice.  

Solutions to help you: Cohort Enrollment Health and Pathways Design 

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Schedule Refinement

Align the course schedule to students’ needs to maximize degree velocity.  

Are you rolling over your schedule term after term? There’s a better way. Collaborate with stakeholders and leverage course demand analytics to create student-aligned schedules.   

Solutions that support schedule refinement: Astra Schedule, Monitor, Align, Predict, Structured Scheduling 

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Instructional Capacity

How many students can you serve with your existing resources? 

When institutions can holistically understand their instructional capacity, they’re better equipped to effectively allocate instructional resources to meet demand. 

Solutions that support instructional capacity: Capacity Analysis, Strategic Scheduling Evaluation 

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Enrollment Health

Are you keeping up with your completion promises and ensure financial sustainability?  

Managing the health of enrollment in the academic programs you offer will help you pinpoint how programs are fragmented and uncover opportunities to manage the tradeoff between variety and sustainability.   

Solutions to help you: Cohort Enrollment Health 

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Financial Health

Manage the contribution margin of each academic program at your institution.  

Allocate revenue and expenses to courses based on students’ academic history and use insightto model ways to manage your gross contribution margin.   

Solutions that support financial health: Academic Program Cost Analysis 

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Infrastructure

Do you want to strengthen your institution’s foundation for systematic, effective, and efficient academic enterprise management? 

Reinforce best practices at your institution that support continuous improvement through integrated scheduling and calendaring solutions. These solutions will help you further define institutional policies and structural building blocks that support efficient and student-aligned resource allocation.  

Solutions to help you: Astra Schedule, Strategic Scheduling Evaluation 

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Tactical Solutions for Managing the Academic Enterprise

Looking for solutions to help you achieve the pillars within the Managing the Academic Enterprise framework? We've got you covered. Learn more about each Ad Astra solution below, and understand which pillars they support by referring to the colored dots.
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Additional resources to help you
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Planning Strategy
Find out your institution's level of course scheduling infrastructure and with a complementary diagnostic survey. 

Take the Course Scheduling Diagnostic

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Planning Strategy

See how the 2018 Hanover Research is continuing to provide best practices for course scheduling.

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Research Article

Dive into five ways you can innovate at your institution to improve student success and efficiency with the course schedule.

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