A sound Program Evaluation System (PES) marshals the data, software, people, and decision-making processes that enable fast, well-informed, and broadly supported program decisions. Several of the largest and most successful participants in higher education now use a Program Evaluation System (PES) to guide their program decisions.
data-informed academic program Evaluation and Management
Gray Associates, Inc. provides the best available data, software, and facilitated processes to help higher education institutions make high-stakes decisions regarding academic programs, pricing, and locations.
Academic Program Evaluation: Data, Software, and Services
We provide higher education institutions with tools and strategies to create and manage a sustainable program portfolio.
Who We Are
Gray helps higher-education institutions make high-stakes decisions. We provide the best available data, software, and services to inform decisions on academic programs, tuition and pricing, campus locations, and other vital choices.
Our subscription software is built to evaluate academic program portfolios including student demand, employment, competition, and program economics. Beyond our software offerings, we provide strategic research and facilitate decision making.
Our processes enable data-informed decisions that strengthen relationships among faculty, administrators, and other stakeholders.
Creating academic program strategies
Academic Program and Portfolio Strategy
Programmatic choices are among the most important and difficult strategic decisions an education provider can make…
Program Evaluation System (PES)
Gray Associates’ Program Evaluation System (PES) provides data on student demand, employment, and competition…
Market Analysis Program (MAP)
Gray’s Market Analysis Program (MAP) helps colleges and universities make better, faster, and data-informed decisions….
Program Economics Platform (PEP)
A complex web of cross-subsidies underlies the academic program portfolio of higher education institutions…
Campus Location Strategy
Gray has been helping colleges and universities develop campus-location strategies for several years.
Offer Design and Price Optimization for Higher Education Institutions
An outdated program portfolio may include once-great programs that now have limited student demand or jobs for graduates.
Using GrayData, we have developed tools to help clients screen and prioritize hundreds of potential acquisition targets.
Program Evaluation System (PES)
What We Offer
Better Tools and Data
Gray uses rigorous research, proprietary databases, and advanced analytical techniques to forecast customer decisions, size up the competition, and model economics. Our exclusive data solutions and unparalleled analysis provide you with more than numbers: We give you deep strategic insight.
Our Proven, Customizable Process
Our approach is tailored to your circumstances. Our data analysis is customized to your markets, your programs, and your mission. Our workshops are designed to include the correct participants for your institution. In the workshops, we enable your team to make better-informed decisions that combine the best available data with institutional judgment and insights.
The level of insight our clients gain from working with us is no accident. Gray employs some very bright minds, with experience and knowledge you would expect to find at the largest, most expensive consultancies. We have spent our careers doing serious research and focusing on improving higher education, and it shows.
We help you and your team combine your knowledge with our market data to reach informed decisions. These decisions can be fraught with complications that can be difficult to navigate. Gray Associates facilitates these tough conversations, building a consensus and sense of ownership among your stakeholders.
Gray Associates, Inc. is a software and services firm focused exclusively on higher education
Gray Associates, Inc. is a software and service firm focused exclusively on higher education.
We help higher education clients evaluate and manage their academic program portfolio to maximize outcomes for students, the school, and its constituencies.
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Labor market data shows plenty of jobs for our August Program of the Month, but less than half of the jobs require a degree. If you are planning to offer this program, make sure you weigh the pros and cons.
Just a year ago, media pundits declared that the US was losing its place as a beacon for international students and that the demand would not recover. Fortunately, they were wrong.
Gray data shows that post-COVID, international student demand is healthy, and new programs offer promising growth.
At Gray, we follow stories that are important to our higher education community, and when UCLA and USC announced their plan to move to Big Ten Conference, they changed the landscape of college sports in the US. We focused on looking at the impact beyond football; using our new Athletics Evaluation Software, we made a list of strategic decisions that would allow USC & UCLA to assimilate with the Big Ten without compromising sports unique to their current footprint.
When planning your academic program portfolio, labor data is indeed important, but your market data should not only include labor market demand. A successful academic program evaluation is not based on one dimension of data. The fallacy of that has gotten many a school into trouble.
Our Brand Promise
We provide the most accurate data and researched-based strategy, so schools can make the best academic program decisions.
Industry Leading Research
Gray uses rigorous research, proprietary databases, and advanced analytical techniques to forecast customer decisions, size-up the competition, and model economics.
Higher Education Mission
We are part of the higher education community and feel responsible to the industry.
Gray provides institutions of higher education the analytical tools and strategic guidance to make effective, efficient, and successful program management decisions.
Help education clients develop data-informed institutional strategies
Gray Associates, Inc. is a strategy firm focused on higher education. We help education clients develop data-informed institutional and strategies that maximize outcomes for students, the school, and its constituencies. To support our client work, we have developed an industry-leading database that combines information on inquiry volumes, demographics, and competition.
Our analysis helps you focus on the initiatives that will make a meaningful difference.