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Product Journey

For the new applications delivered on the Ad Astra platform, we’ve adopted an improved, more agile product release strategy. This change allows us to quickly build innovative applications and features while maintaining the familiar elements and functionality you've come to love and expect.

This development shift allows us to iterate faster than ever before, and we’re excited to share what we’re working on with you. Below, you’ll find the product journey divided into the following three sections:

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While we’ll continue our regular release process for our platform, this journey will be updated weekly (we’re not kidding, we’re working fast!) to keep you up to speed on all the progress taking place with our new applications. Check back often to see all the exciting developments, or better yet, follow this page to ensure you never miss a thing!


*Please note, this page shows a curated selection of features we’ve released and upcoming features on our journey. The status of each item is subject to change at any time.

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This enhancement will allow users to identify available spaces when making edits to sections. Users will be able to filter rooms by attribute, location, and availability to help create a conflict-free schedule.

This feature will recognize cross-listed sections in Align and Monitor, allowing users to see the demand for these sections more accurately and the ability to view which sections have been cross-listed together.

This enhancement will allow users to view data on the Ad Astra platform by college, department, or program. This will allow users to quickly see the most important data in familiar terms.

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We're adding the ability to create a new section within the Ad Astra platform.

We're adding the ability to edit section details with Ad Astra. Examples of options you have editing capabilities for include meeting pattern, instructor, and room. 

Predict calculations will be enhanced to account for Pathway catalog terms, ensuring we're properly assigning course demand for students based on their specific Pathway version.

This feature allows admin users to adjust settings to exclude students by Campus, Student Type or Student Level to accurately reflect Predict results.

Gain insight into the financial sustainability of your academic programs and courses.

We're making the analysis data from Align and Monitor available for reporting in Ad Astra. With this data, we will be releasing an ever-growing list of reports starting with course offering and Pathway analysis reports.

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We've enhanced our sections in Ad Astra to include the necessary fields you need to update your schedule. Also, we've brought collaboration to sections! You can use the comments feature inside a section to ensure everyone's in the loop when making critical section changes.

By adding modality to Monitor, you'll easily be able to tell at what rate your various types of section offerings (on-ground, online, or hybrid) are filling. This insight will help you understand how your students' modality is impacting your campus regarding section distribution.

We're making the analysis data from Align and Monitor available for reporting in Ad Astra. With this data, we will be releasing an ever-growing list of reports starting with course offering and Pathway analysis reports.

The ticket submission experience is being updated in Ad Astra to create more consistency for our customers and support staff.

Users can edit the simulated student population, which allows institutions to account for changes not represented in historical trends.

This feature allows users to view students and their general data to ensure accuracy when running a Predict analysis. In addition to actual students, users can also see the total number of simulated students by type (new, transfer, returning, departing).

Understand how Pathway design is striking an appropriate balance between course choice and sustainability. Pathway Health expands on Cohort Enrollment Health by looking at course sharing across Pathways and course choice within Pathways.

View and manage your Pathways in Ad Astra to help ensure you're paving the way for students to get the courses they need when they need them.

Support your institution’s completion promise with Cohort Enrollment Health, by measuring the fragmentation created in your pathways by your student's campus preferences.

Understand the impacts on student success before their graduation. See your different student groups' trajectory towards graduation in-order to spot opportunities for targeted interventions.

As you make updates to your courses, we are logging those changes and making it easy for you to see when and why changes were made to meet the needs of your students. 

To help ensure you're meeting the needs of your students, we're highlighting courses that have a high risk of section time conflicts and providing visibility into alternate times.

In Astra Schedule, there are times when the system times-out and allows users to continue working. Unfortunately, all the work performed after the time-out isn't preserved. With Session Timeout, you'll receive a warning that the system is nearing a time-out. To keep working, simply dismiss the alert. Otherwise, you'll be directed back to the login screen.

This feature was made available in the 8.9.2 release.

 

To see a complete list of items that are now available on Ad Astra, click here

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