2018 June GrayReports - Student and Employer Demand Trends

Posted by Mark Keleher on Jul 26, 2018 2:29:00 PM

Every month, Gray releases the latest student and employer demand trends in higher education.  Here are a few of the trends from June of 2018 that we released in May of 2018:

  • Overall student demand for higher education programs jumped 4%.
  • Conversion rates and conversions are now declining year-over-year.
  • Program searches on Google are down 5% this year (January through May).

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2018 May GrayReports - Student and Employer Demand Trends

Posted by Mark Keleher on Jun 28, 2018 5:18:00 PM

Every month, Gray releases the latest student and employer demand trends in higher education.  Here are a few of the trends from May of 2018 that we released in June of 2018:

  • The decline in total inquiries seems to be slowing.
  • Conversions rates exceed our baseline, and should lead to rising conversion volumes.
  • Prices for inquiries are rising.
  • Successful brands are enjoying a run-up in searches.

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2018 April GrayReports - Student and Employer Demand Trends

Posted by Mark Keleher on May 30, 2018 1:52:00 PM

Every month, Gray releases the latest student and employer demand trends in higher education.  Here are a few of the trends from April of 2018 that we released in May of 2018:

  • The decline in total inquiries seems to be slowing.
  • Both Google search and Gray inquiry data confirm this trend.
  • Conversions exceed our baseline, but are off their peak.
  • Prices for inquiries are rising.
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2018 Webcast Series:  Best Practices in Program Portfolio Assessment - Running an Effective Process

Posted by Mark Keleher on May 17, 2018 2:16:00 PM

Picking the right programs to Start, Stop, Sustain or Grow requires a combination of data, judgment, and process.  In the fourth and final episode of our webcast series, we described a process that leads to high-quality program decisions and ensures that these choices have the support of faculty and institutional leaders.

In 2017, our team facilitated this process for colleges and universities that serve over 950,000 students.  The approach we described combines the best available data on markets for academic programs with a decision-making workshop.

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2018 March GrayReports - Student and Employer Demand Trends

Posted by Mark Keleher on Apr 26, 2018 2:09:00 PM

Every month, Gray releases the latest student and employer demand trends in higher education.  Here are a few of the trends from March of 2018 that we released in April of 2018:

  • The decline in total inquiries resumed: March inquiries fell 6%.
  • The downward trend was confirmed by an 11% decline in Google searches.
  • For the first time in five months, searches for online programs fell, dropping 12%.
  • After two years of increases, conversion rates also declined. 
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2018 Webcast Series:  Best Practices in Program Portfolio Assessment - Competition

Posted by Mark Keleher on Apr 18, 2018 2:05:00 PM

Part 3 of Gray's webcast series on Best Practices in Program Portfolio Assessment concentrated on Competition and Strategic Fit.  During this webcast, our team shared insights on how to evaluate the competition for new and existing academic programs.

We shared all of the major datasets on competition to help your institution understand how to use them to effectively inform your program decisions. 

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2018 February GrayReports - Student and Employer Demand Trends

Posted by Mark Keleher on Mar 28, 2018 12:19:00 PM

Every month, Gray releases the latest student and employer demand trends in higher education.  Here are a few of the trends from February of 2018 that we released in March of 2018:

  • The overall inquiry volumes are flat.
  • August conversions dropped 8%.
  • Inquiries for online programs grew 4%.
  • On-ground continued a rapid decline. Inquiries for on-ground fell 7%, conversions dropped 21%.
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2018 Webcast Series:  Best Practices in Program Portfolio Assessment - Employer Demand

Posted by Mark Keleher on Mar 14, 2018 1:50:00 PM

The second episode of our webcast series on Best Practices in Program Portfolio Assessment focused on Employer Demand.  Our live webcast helped institutions assess employment markets for graduates of their programs.  We highlighted all of the data sources and the limitations of each source, so you can avoid their pitfalls and use them to effectively to guide program decisions.

For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the best source for total employment in a given occupation.  However, 85% of BLS growth projections are off by 50% or more.  And 42% of BLS's growth projections are off by more than 100%.

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2018 January GrayReports - Student and Employer Demand Trends

Posted by Mark Keleher on Feb 27, 2018 1:33:00 PM

Every month, Gray releases the latest student and employer demand trends in higher education.  Here are a few of the trends from January of 2018 that we released in February of 2018:

  • For the first time since 2012, inquiry volumes increased, rising 3%. 
  • Conversion rates and conversions are rising. 
  • Inquiries for online programs grew 14% YoY, up from 6% YoY growth last month.
  • Program Productivity is a serious issue–and an opportunity.
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2018 Webcast Series: Best Practices in Program Portfolio Assessment - Student Demand

Posted by Mark Keleher on Feb 13, 2018 3:27:00 PM

Gray kicked-off our 4-part webcast series on Best Practices in Program Portfolio Assessment on Thursday, February 8th, 2018.  We shared our approach, that was developed in partnership with institutional leaders, to reduce cost and increase revenue by identifying the best mix of programs.  Institutions have used our methodology to optimize how they allocate funds and invest in existing and new programs. 

Student demand was the focus of the first webcast in our series.  Our goal was to help you understand how to get and use Google data, inquiry volumes, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) completions, and geo-spatial analysis to assess demand for your programs. 

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