Increasing Enrollment Health Through Strategic Scheduling
Interstate transfer and capacity bottlenecks were an issue in Texas. After the passing of State Bill 25, Texas institutions implemented strategies to resolve these problems and become more efficient. Learn where the state of Texas began, adjustments made, and the impact of these scheduling changes.
In response to unclear academic course sequences in 2019, which resulted in students retaking courses they had already completed due to the lack of transfer, Texas passed State Bill 25. To mitigate this issue, this bill focuses on the facilitation of interstate transfer, academic progress, and timely graduation through the design and roll-out of recommended course sequences. Now, institutions are required to report non-transferable credits. In addition, this State Bill 25 requires universities to develop recommended course sequences for all their majors so that students can see the forest through the trees. This visibility helps students understand their commitment upfront and encourages completion.
By implementing strategies in response to Texas Senate Bill 25, Texas institutions began working with Ad Astra to identify capacity bottlenecks. This work revealed that general education courses required additional sections. In response, our Texas partners added new course sections to increase course capacity and improve degree velocity, adding availability to their course sequences. Ad Astra’s Higher Education Scheduling Index (HESI), a database for course scheduling that tracks 50 variables related to course scheduling patterns and institutional activity, found Texas partners improved critical areas in the course schedule that led to significant impacts on individual campuses.
Ad Astra partners with over 60 Texas higher education campuses, districts, and systems to ensure capacity and access to required courses. This work includes integrating institutional course scheduling and resource allocation with the recommended degree sequences that are rolled out through advising and registration. Positive results in degree velocity, early momentum, productive credit hours earned, and increased institutional capacity to meet demand are already showing as Ad Astra’s Texas partners continue to leverage their services and solutions to achieve state and institution goals.
When we began working with colleges and universities in Texas, we identified a few areas of improvement by analyzing some key metrics. If you're interested in learning more about these metrics, check out our key terms.