With 60 percent of college students categorized as post-traditional, most institutions are looking for new ways to ensure students can meet the demands of work, family, and school sustainably.
Advising and registration are complex, and long-term planning is understandably a daunting subject for many institutions. The off-season can be the perfect time to take a step back, analyze individual components, and determine plans for improvement – such as the introduction of an annual schedule – to create a direct impact on the regular season.
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Seven Steps to Use Data to Inform the Process
By understanding who makes up the student population, institutions can create opportunities to successfully structure annual scheduling to meet the competing demands students face and achieve degree velocity.
5% of FT students at 2-year institutions graduate on time (Complete College America)
Only about 20% of institutions said they scheduled a year in advance. 62% indicated they scheduled one term in advance or less. (AACRAO 60-Second Survey on Class Scheduling Practices and Technology report)
60% of students fall into the post-traditional student category.
(The American Council on Education)
43% of full-time students and 81% of part-time students work in addition to attending school.
(The National Center for Education Statistics)
Thirty-six million Americans have some postsecondary education but no degree completion. (National Student Clearinghouse Research Center)