Changing the Conversation

Posted by William F. Massy on Feb 13, 2020 2:01:46 PM

 

I’ve been writing a lot here about how modern analytics can help a college or university make better academic program portfolio decisions. For example, which programs, if any, should be expanded, downsized, or eliminated. These are mission-critical because it is through degree and other formally organized programs that institutions present their teaching prowess to the marketplace. Faculty usually focus on individual courses, but students look at programs when they decide which school to attend and what they say about it to their parents and peers. Thinking about program portfolios holistically helps schools compete in the marketplace, serve students better, and manage course availabilities and staffing more effectively. These matters fall squarely into the wheelhouse of both academic and financial officers.

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Topics: Programs and Cities, Undertanding Student demand, Programs, College Courses


Blog 3:  Balancing Mission and Margin in University Resource Management

Posted by William F. Massy on Jan 7, 2020 2:44:07 PM

WFM Head Shot 2019It should come as no surprise that margin, the difference between cost and revenue, emerged in blogs 1 and 2 as a key variable in the economics of teaching.  What may be less obvious is that faculty and academic administrators need to take margin seriously.  Conventional wisdom says that academics should focus on mission and its associated teaching and scholarly priorities while leaving the management of margin—and by extension the use of models that measure margin—to the institution's accounting and financial people.  This blog describes why the conventional wisdom is wrong:  why effective academic resource management requires mission and margin to be considered together, and why this is best done by the academic side of the house.

Topics: Undertanding Student demand, Programs, College Courses


Blog 2: Why Course-Based Economic Models are Game Changers!

Posted by William F. Massy on Dec 2, 2019 12:29:50 PM

 

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Topics: Undertanding Student demand, Programs, College Courses


Blog 1: Reshaping Universities through Better Resource Management

Posted by William F. Massy on Nov 1, 2019 12:04:58 PM

 

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Topics: Undertanding Student demand, Programs, College Courses


International Data: Where to find it and how to make it work for your institution.

Posted by Ned Caron on Sep 30, 2019 2:20:31 PM

Our guest, Thijs van Vugt, Director Analytics and Consulting Team for Studyportals, reviews International Student Interest's Insights.  Studyportal's tracks 640,000 international student enrollments, 200,000+ courses in 120+ countries with the help of 3,500+ participating institutions.  Here he discuss global data, where to find it, and how to make it work for your institution.

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Topics: Undertanding Student demand, Programs, International Data


Mental Health:  A Program Review

Posted by Bob Atkins on Aug 15, 2019 12:35:32 PM

Student demand is booming for Mental Health programs; it is growing faster than 95% of academic programs.  But, how intense is competition?  Will there be jobs and decent wages for graduates?  Could this program make sense for you?  For answers, please watch our analysis below.

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Topics: Mental Health, Programs, College Courses


Philosophy:  A Program Review

Posted by Bob Atkins on Jul 8, 2019 10:54:41 AM

Philosophy programs are under attack from all sides, but is it justified?  In this month’s webcast, Gray took a deeper dive to determine if the negative perception was justified.  What we found was somewhat surprising, students are showing interest in the program and the cost is not prohibitive.  But will students be able to find jobs when they graduate?  Watch our analysis below.

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Topics: Online Programs, Undertanding Student demand, Philosophy


Biomedical Sciences: A Program Review

Posted by Bob Atkins on Apr 30, 2019 6:18:41 PM

There is a lot of buzz around Biomedical Science programs and many schools have recently entered the field. In this month’s webcast, Gray decided to take a deeper dive to see if all the hype is justified. What we found was somewhat surprising...students are showing interest in the program...but will they be able to find jobs when they graduate?

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Topics: Higher Education, Conversions, On-Ground Programs, Inquiry Volumes, Programs and Cities


GrayReports March Webcast Highlights

Posted by Ned Caron on Apr 4, 2019 3:55:40 PM

Gray has tracked inquiry demand for higher education programs since 2012. Here are some trend highlights presented during Gray Reports Monthly Webcast on March 21st.

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Topics: Undertanding Student demand


What’s Up?  10 months in a row for online program inquiries increases.

Posted by Ned Caron on Mar 5, 2019 2:54:06 PM

 

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Topics: Higher Education, Programs and Cities, 2018