Student Demand Increased for Four of the Five Largest Programs in Higher Education.

Posted by Bob Atkins on Nov 27, 2018 9:38:33 AM

Large Programs in Higher Education

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September Higher Ed Inquiries Rose 2 Percent, Reports Gray Associates

Posted by Ellis Simon on Nov 21, 2018 9:39:14 AM

Inquiry volume for higher education rose two percent year-over-year in September, reports Gray Associates, a higher education strategy consulting firm.  Inquiries are now higher for the most recent five months.

“After several years of decline, it is gratifying to see monthly results come in ahead of last year, indicating somewhat stronger demand for higher education,” said Gray Founder and CEO Robert Atkins.  "Higher inquiry volume could be indicative of a resurgence of demand for some for-profit programs since these institutions rely more on inquiries than public and independent non-profit colleges and universities," he added.

An inquiry is a prospective student’s request for information about an academic program or institution prior to submitting an application.  Gray tracks inquiry volume as part of its Program Evaluation System, which colleges and universities use to make decisions about which programs to Start, Stop, Sustain or Grow.

October National Inquiries

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The Number of Students Interested in Online Programs Continues to Grow.

Posted by Bob Atkins on Nov 16, 2018 9:50:42 AM

Online Program Demand

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Interest in Higher Education Inquiry Volumes Increased 2% in September.

Posted by Bob Atkins on Nov 13, 2018 4:34:33 PM

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Balancing ‘Mission and Money’:  Using Program Margins to Fund the Mission

Posted by Ellis Simon on Oct 24, 2018 4:45:05 PM

“Understanding program margins enables colleges to direct funds from high-contribution programs to smaller programs that may lose money.  These planned cross-subsidies help colleges fund and assert their mission,” according to Dr. William Massy, an emeritus Stanford University faculty member and administrator.  "But, many colleges and universities struggle to balance mission and money for academic programs because they do not have systems to track program economics.” Dr. Massy said.  

To help colleges understand the economics of their academic programs, Gray Associates, a higher-education consulting firm, developed a SaaS solution to calculate contribution margins by program, course, and instructor.  Dr. Massy and Bob Atkins, CEO of Gray Associates, introduced the new service on a conference call on September 11, 2018.  “From a financial perspective, a program is the sum of the courses taken by students in a given major,” Mr. Atkins explained.  “We collect revenue data, including tuition, fees, and grants, at the student level, as well as faculty salaries and other direct costs by course.  Then, we combine the revenue and costs for courses taken by each student in a major.  This enables our systems to track revenue, direct instructional cost, and contribution margin by student, course, department, and campus.”

"What we found," said Mr. Atkins, "Is that most programs have positive contribution margins.  So schools need a better measure of success:  they need a comparison with their other programs and with the same program at other schools."  To make valid comparisons, schools need to use a common denominator that can put large programs on a similar footing with smaller programs.

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Demand for Online Programs Continues to Soar.

Posted by Bob Atkins on Oct 17, 2018 1:40:24 PM

Inquiries for Online Programs

  • Inquiries for online programs grew 7% year-over-year in August.
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[Interactive Map] Midwestern State Leads the Growth in Online Education.

Posted by Bob Atkins on Oct 12, 2018 12:14:31 PM

Online Inquiries:  Year-over-Year Inquiries by State

  • Year-to-date, online inquiries in Kansas have grown the fastest year-over-year (+38.87%).

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For This Market, RN Scores Better Than 98% of All Higher Education Programs.

Posted by Bob Atkins on Oct 4, 2018 5:31:00 PM

Academic Program Scorecard

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Promising Growth in the Demand for Higher Education Programs.

Posted by Bob Atkins on Sep 28, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Overall Demand for Higher Education

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Is Student Interest in Higher Education Growing in the Largest US Cities?

Posted by Bob Atkins on Sep 20, 2018 12:09:12 PM

Student Demand in The Big 5 Cities

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