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How Scheduling Struggles Cause Student Struggles

Research shows most students battle to enroll in classes needed to meet degree requirements, and unpredictable schedules lead to lower registrations, stalled progress, and higher dropouts. Find out how to shift to a student-centered approach and craft equitable schedules for successful Degree Velocity® and on-time degree completion. 🚀

5 Ways Smart Scheduling Saves You Time

When you’re asked to do more with less, it’s critical to find better ways to optimize your scheduling practices. Discover 5 ways our partners improve operational efficiency with Ad Astra.


Higher Education Needs Its Own Version of Moneyball - Inside Higher Ed Op-Ed

Better use of real-time data can improve the likelihood that students stay in college and graduate. Sarah Collins and Charles Ansell offer three ways to be more strategic about collecting and analyzing student progress data for improved outcomes.

Leveraging HESI® for Better Scheduling

When it comes to measuring your scheduling efforts, data is vital to your institution's story. The Higher Education Scheduling Index (HESI®) is a benchmark of academic space utilization and course offerings that enables tracking across multiple terms. HESI metrics can help academic leaders leverage data to optimize course offerings with the goal of advancing student completions.

The Course Schedule's Role in Ensuring Equitable Outcomes for Students

Student demographics are changing rapidly, with 60% of college students falling into the category of post-traditional. Designing a student-centric course schedule that meets shifting needs can be challenging. To ensure success and timely degree completion, institutions must consider variables such as modality, time of day, and campus preferences.

Measures of Effectiveness for an Undergraduate Schedule of Classes

Ad Astra recently partnered with AACRAO to research how modern institutions are measuring the effectiveness of their course schedules. The results of this timely survey are in.

Clearing the Path to Enrollment Health

Pandemic aftereffects, inflation, and economic instability continue to create uncertainty in the value and relevance of higher education for many prospective students and their parents. This uncertainty, and challenging demographic trends, have created an enrollment crisis for many institutions.

Why Momentum Year Matters

Colleges and universities historically track first-year retention to spot potential challenges in the critical first and second terms of a student's educational journey. Yet this lagging indicator is arguably insufficient when helping leaders make informed decisions about actionable interventions to support on-time degree completion. 

The Power of Pathways

Pathways are known by many names. Simply defined, a pathway or degree map is a sequential list of courses required for a student to complete an academic program. It is a tool that can improve student success by streamlining course choice and it makes clear what courses students need to take and the order in which to take them.

 Complicated Lives, Competing Priorities: Reimagining the Course Schedule for Today's Student
Students returning to colleges and universities post-pandemic are demanding higher flexibility in course modalities and schedules. Ad Astra explores how institutions are not only adjusting their modalities and scheduling practices to meet the needs of today’s learners but also the way they measure the success of these changes.   
2022-2023 Report Guide
Scheduling is a complex issue, with questions arising at every turn. Don't worry, our reports are here to provide the clear insight you need. Browse all the reports we built to answer your questions.
The Evolution of Events: Then and Now 
While the ebb and flow of scheduling continues to look a little different in 2022, Ad Astra connected with experts to find out what's changed at their institution in the realm of events.
Achieving a 4-term Schedule

Germanna Community College’s student-centric approach to annual schedule planning removes friction points to enrollment, reduces time to completion, and boosts degree velocity by allowing students to plan four terms in advance. Is your institution ready to look ahead too?
Why Smart Scheduling Matters

You’ve done your best when it comes to predicting how many students will enroll in the upcoming semester, but can you adjust to real-time enrollment fluctuations? 
5 Reports that Save the Day

Whether you’re a registrar, a dean, or a department chair, accessible and easy-to-analyze reports make all the difference in creating a student-centric course schedule. Learn 5 reports that save the day for academic operation professionals as they make data-backed decisions.
Planning Schedules for the Future
Advising and registration are complex, making long-term planning all the more daunting for institutions. The off-season can be the perfect time to take a step back and determine plans for improvement – such as introducing an annual schedule on campus. This off-season mindset can create a direct impact in the regular season.  

A Foundational Approach to Improving Registration

Collin College streamlined its registration process across seven campuses, exchanging Excel sheets and post-it notes for streamlined, reliable data and dynamic, actionable visuals. 


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Data Storytelling to Improve Course Scheduling
The University of Toledo is matching supply and demand by combining critical administrator inputs with Ad Astra data to inform and improve the course scheduling process. 
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Spotlight on Scheduling Innovators
The rapidly changing college environment demands a course scheduling process that’s equal parts creativity and innovation. Through collaboration with Ad Astra, these frontline higher education professionals are employing thoughtful strategies to enhance and streamline their institution’s scheduling process, ensuring student success today and in the future. 

4 Reasons Our Client Advisory Board Benefits You

Ad Astra’s Client Advisory Board (CAB) performs much like a Collegiate Advisory Board. Both provide guidance and direction to ensure offerings are high quality and relevant to users. This piece explores the four reasons CAB benefits every client.

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