10 - 10:15 a.m. ET
Opening Remarks with Ad Astra Founder and CEO
Tom Shaver Founder and CEO, Ad Astra
10:20 - 11 a.m. ET
Completion Promises Delivered
Martha Kanter, CEO, College Promise
Van Wilson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Experience and Strategic Initiatives, Virginia Community College System
Moderator: Scott Jaschik, CEO and Editor, Inside Higher Ed
The College Promise movement requires financial aid, but also access to pathways that work for today's students. Join a discussion about the importance of pathways-aligned course scheduling to deliver on the promise of on-time completion moderated by Inside Higher Ed's Scott Jaschik with Martha Kanter, CEO of College Promise (former U.S. Under Secretary of Education for the Obama Administration) and Van Wilson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Experience and Strategic Initiatives, Virginia Community College System.
Laura Kelley, Vice President Solutions Strategy at Ad Astra
Learn how the Ad Astra apps- Align, Schedule, Monitor, Enrollment, and Pathways - provide opportunities to reimagine the way institutions have done scheduling in the past. "Roll-forward and tweak" scheduling has served the industry well. Still, we are ready to embark on a new way of scheduling that allows data to be at the fingertips of the decision-makers simplifying the inherent complexity. Imagine using your pathways and enrollment as a way to build out a cohesive, predictable schedule that provides for student and faculty needs.
11:05 - 11:35 a.m. ET
Managing the Academic Enterprise and the Change Management that Goes Along with It!
Terry Brown, VP Academic Innovation and Transformation, AASCU
Lisa Hunter, VP of Education, Ad Astra
Moderator: Jacquelyn R. Jones, Senior Director of Frontier Set & Student Success Strategy, AASCU
Listen in on a fireside chat between two former colleagues and academic administrators, Terry Brown and Lisa Hunter, who led multiple student success and financial health initiatives together. They will reflect on their work in managing the academic enterprise, how they brought faculty and other leaders alongside, and how it all came together.
11:40 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET
Product and Services Update
Charlie Stroble, Director of Product Experience, Ad Astra
Get ready to learn about the latest and greatest Ad Astra solutions that help you better manage your academic enterprise. We've been hard at work creating powerful scheduling solutions that make it easier to understand course demand and increase collaboration to improve student success and financial sustainability. This is a session you won't want to miss!
12 - 1 p.m. ET
1 - 1:45 p.m. ET
Pathway Design and Delivery Through Scheduling: Opportunities and Gotchas
Nikolas Hout, Strategy Director, Complete College America
Higher Ed is devoting much time and effort to refine degree maps and pathways to support students. How do we ensure those pathways do not create unintended barriers that impact student progress and retention? Join the discussion that brings together perspectives from various lenses about aligning initiatives, people, and the data to make intentional design and delivery decisions.
Eventually is Now: Re-imaging the Event Management Experience
Ryan Townsend, Founder and CEO, Hively
In this session, you’ll learn how you can benefit from Ad Astra’s new event management features, powered by Hively.
Room Optimization Strategies to Improve your Academic Schedule
Max Arb, Manager of Campus Operations, Osceola Campus at Valencia College
For over five years, Valencia College's Osceola Campus has matched a thousand courses with their classrooms. Learn how they do it and how you can too as Max Arb dives into:
- Eliminating room ownership
- Focusing faculty and course preferences
- Using pre and post-optimization strategies that support success for your academic schedules
1:50 - 2:35 p.m. ET
Financial Health and Student Success: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Jim Hundrieser, Vice President for Consulting Services, NACUBO
Jim Lynch, AVP for Learning and Academic Affairs, Mohawk Valley Community College
Having insight into the fiscal and enrollment health of academic programs informs strategic investments and refinements that can prevent broad cuts. In this session, we will discuss the synergy between financial health and student success. Panelists will discuss real-world scenarios and strategies they implemented as a result of having this information in the hands of academic and enrollment stakeholders.
How to Streamline Your Academic and Event Schedule
Maria Saucedo, Business Analyst, North Dakota University System Office
Join Maria Saucedo from the North Dakota University System Office as she takes you through the ever-so-wonderful world of Astra Schedule. This session will introduce you to key academic and event scheduling features such as room optimization, section scheduling, calendars, and event request forms to help you streamline your campus schedule.
2:40 - 3:25 p.m. ET
Graduate More Students Faster and Sustain Student Success
John Barnshaw, Vice President of Research and Data, Ad Astra
This session will challenge you to think differently about how we measure student success. Learn how to transform student success from a lagging indicator to a leading metric of progress, the structural factors that facilitate to inhibit student progress, and how to build a sustainable model of student success for the next normal.
Events in a Changing Landscape
So you're having events again, what changed? Come discuss how you're gathering together and scheduling events in a post-lockdown world.
Academics in a Changing Landscape
A lot has changed over the past 18 months. Come share with your peers what has worked and what hasn't as we navigate forward into the next normal.
Looking to expand your network? Join this roundtable to connect with other Aspire attendees to share best practices and tricks of the trade.
3:30 - 4 p.m. ET
Wrap-up Day One