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Ad Astra Consulting


Ad Astra Consulting 

Enhance Student Success
and Financial Sustainability

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Ad Astra consultants are on a mission to help colleges and universities better manage the academic enterprise. We're ready to help you build action strategies to improve Degree Velocity® while maximizing instructional resources. Keep reading to learn how we're providing top-notch data insights.

Data-Driven Consulting that Makes an Impact

institution iconBenchmarking Hundreds of Institutions
Discover how you measure up across key performance metrics for student success and financial sustainability against peer institutions nationwide. 

strategies iconEnable Best Practices and Strategies
Contextualize current performance by creating a story with your data. Build and implement change management based on prioritized efforts.

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Advance your goals after the project is complete by creating a plan during the engagement that will guide you and your team for the future.

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"Leveraging analytical tools has significantly improved how we plan and implement our semester schedules. It has reduced the number of students who finish registration without full schedules as well as reduced both section wait-lists and course cancellations. We have also been able to eliminate budget shortfalls in our adjunct budget."

Richard Sheldon
Associate Vice President for Academic Administration
at Marymount Manhattan College

Explore Our Consulting Services

We know that one solution doesn't fit every institution's need. That's why we've created a variety of consulting services to meet you where you're at. Discover our services below by clicking the plus icon.

Key service offerings:

  • Professional coaching: Experienced consultants are assigned to guide and support you throughout the scheduling process. 
  • Alignment with institutional mission: Identify opportunities to align your course schedules with your institution's mission, ensuring a cohesive and purposeful approach.
  • Ongoing collaboration: Regular touchpoints with institutional leadership and the strategic scheduling team ensure effective use and adoption of Ad Astra solutions. 
  • Effective practices and change management: Share effective business practices and change management methodologies to facilitate solution adoption. 
  • Data insights and reporting: Assist in gaining additional data insights based on your institutional needs and provide support with scheduling reports.

Key service offerings:

  • Strategic scheduling check-up: Evaluation of current space allocation and course offerings.
  • Facilitated focus groups and key stakeholder interviews: Engage with key stakeholders to gain insights into the strengths and opportunities within your course scheduling infrastructure - course scheduling processes, policies, procedures, and more.
  • Presentation of findings: Based on data analysis and stakeholder feedback, a summary is provided with key findings and recommendations to improve course scheduling infrastructure and practices.
  • Change management: Facilitated discussions to develop a change management framework that supports the implementation of the recommended strategies, including identifying priorities, establishing timelines, and providing guidance on effectively adopting and integrating improved scheduling practices. 

Key service offerings:

  • Strategic scheduling check-up: Evaluation of current space allocation and course offerings.
  • Data-driven scheduling analysis: Analyze current scheduling policies, considering factors that impact space utilization, such as prime-time usage, off-grid scheduling, and low-enrolled sections. 
  • Prime-time compression and schedule spreading: Identify opportunities to expand prime-time hours and spread the schedule more effectively, maximizing space utilization and reducing scheduling conflicts. 
  • Course enrollment vs. classroom capacity analysis: Examine the relationship between course enrollment and classroom capacity, identifying areas where optimization can be achieved. 
  • Review of planned building and classroom inventory changes: Assess planned changes in building and classroom inventory, considering enrollment trends and future needs to ensure optimal utilization. 
  • Future capacity model: Provide a dynamic long-term planning and decision-making tool to simulate changes in enrollment, room utilization goals, and academic building inventory.

Key service offerings: 

  • Peer benchmarking: Understand how your institution stacks up across multiple course scheduling and space capacity variables.
  • Course recommendations: Highlight course offering opportunities that better align to students' needs and uncover space bottlenecks impacting instructional capacity.
  • Action plan development: Collaboratively develop an action plan that considers recommendations and outlines next steps.

Key service offerings:

  • Scheduling patterns evaluation: Assess the institution's current scheduling patterns, including meeting times, durations, frequencies, and distribution throughout the week. This evaluation provides a comprehensive understanding of the existing scheduling landscape. 
  • Scheduling goals analysis: Engage with key stakeholders, such as academic departments, faculty members, and administrative staff, to identify their scheduling goals and understand their objectives. 
  • Space constraint identification: Consider space constraints and the institution's scheduling goals to make well-informed recommendations for scheduling grid changes, striving to balance meeting institution needs and allowing flexibility when necessary.
  • Quantification of impact: Determine the potential impact of the scheduling patterns on resource allocation and efficiency.

Key service offerings:

  • Pathway design and implementation: Utilize data to design and implement pathways for a predetermined number of degree programs.
  • Pathway data analysis: Analyze pathway data to guide refinement. Evaluate the impact of pathways on Degree Velocity®, enabling data-informed decisions for continuous improvement.
  • Course schedule alignment: Align course schedules with pathways to establish a cohesive and efficient curriculum structure. Ensure courses offered meet pathway requirements, facilitating smooth student progression. 

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