Gray's Program Evaluation System (PES)

Academic Program Evaluation System Video Using our cutting-edge Program Evaluation System (PES), we can help you select the BEST programs to Stop, Start, Sustain, or Grow online and at each of your campuses.

PES combines our unique data sets with a methodology that we have developed during a decade of work with higher education institutions.  It allows you to assess student demand, employment, competition and strategic fit by program.  You can then create a custom scoring system to evaluate all of your current and potential programs.

Using this custom program evaluation you can: 

  • Increase near-term enrollment:  Invest in current programs that have high growth potential
  • Reduce cost:  Cut unsuccessful programs
  • Drive growth:  Add the right current programs to more campuses
  • Sustain long-term growth:  Launch successful new programs 
  • Drive better student outcomes:  Focus on programs with good wages and employer demand
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Report on The Market for Undergraduate Nursing Education


Nursing is a huge higher-education program that is vital to high-quality patient care.  At the Bachelor’s and Associate's degree levels, it is the third largest program in the country.  Many sources forecast strong growth in employment and the number of nursing programs is growing.  

Yet, the number of newly licensed nurses is declining at several degree levels.   

Will the nurses be there when we need them?  The answer will vary by nursing degree level.

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Stop, Start, Sustain or Grow? 

A Methodology for Program Portfolio Evaluation

Gray provides comprehensive, insightful information and a collaborative process to help institutional leadership decide which programs to Stop, Start, Sustain, or Grow.  We enable you to evaluate over 800 programs nationwide and at each of your campus locations.  This evaluation uses more than 15 criteria grouped in four categories:  student demand, competitive intensity, employment opportunities, and strategic fit.

We combine the data and scoring with a workshop that allows your senior team to absorb the data and apply their judgement to redesign the program portfolio.

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2016 March GrayReports - Student Demand Trends in Higher Education