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 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 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 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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