Escaping the Academic Equality Quagmire

Posted by William F. Massy on Nov 24, 2020 11:01:48 AM

Escaping the Program Equality Quagmire

Stuck in the mud

Academic programs, and the courses that deliver their content, are not of equal importance.  The implications of this came home to me recently when, in a webinar on academic resourcing, a participant objected that provosts and deans should not “put their thumbs on the scale” by considering program importance when deciding admission targets and departmental budgets.  “All programs and courses are of equal importance,” the participant asserted. “Providing their quality is good, all should have equal access to funding.”

Topics: Programs, College Courses, Program Economics, Curricular Efficiency

Emerging Programs Blog Series: Esports

Posted by Bob Atkins on Mar 13, 2020 10:43:46 AM

Thank you for joining me on this 5-day exploratory of Emerging Programs. We started pretty far out there and shared programs on the cusp; now we’re wrapping up this series with Esports, a program that’s already here and now for many higher-education institutions.Esports

Esports is driving the Video Game Industry to new heights and rapid growth. In 2019, the Video game industry was bigger than the Movies, Music, NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL industries combined. Keep reading to find out how Esports is changing the world in terms of employment, research, facilities, and programs.

Topics: Higher Education, College Courses, Emerging Programs, Academic Programs, Esports

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.

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

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


WFM Head Shot 2019

My first blog (October 2019) described how academic resourcing models allow institutional leaders and faculty to reshape their institutions through better resource management.  This one takes a deeper dive into the new breed of inter

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


Topics: Undertanding Student demand, Programs, College Courses

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.

Topics: Mental Health, Programs, College Courses