Achieving Curricular Efficiency

Posted by Steve Probst on Apr 8, 2020 2:43:39 PM

What if reducing overhead costs and cutting too-small programs were not the only practical ways to control college costs?

If a department offers five electives to serve 75 students, then the average class size for these electives would be 15 students. If the department adds another elective, all six electives would be likely to have enough students to justify offering these classes under typical policies. shutterstock_648204952However, the department would have just added to teaching load – and costs and potentially staffing – without increasing the actual amount of teaching and learning being done.

Topics: Higher Education, Curricular Efficiency, Programs Economics

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

Emerging Programs Blog Series: Cannabis

Posted by Bob Atkins on Mar 12, 2020 12:56:20 PM

I started this series on Emerging Programs with the caution that one of the programs I’m sharing may not be legal in your state. Today, at long last, you’ll find out which one: Cannabis. The legalization of Cannabis in many states has created new opportunities, and higher education is responding.


Does Cannabis fit your mission?

When you're thinking about starting programs, Cannabis is definitely one that you have to think about in terms of mission fit. For many, the moral issues will dictate their choice about the program. Legal issues may deter many others. As shown below, many states have legalized Cannabis, but it remains illegal under federal law. On the other hand, the Rohrabacher–Farr amendment prohibits federal prosecution of individuals complying with state medical cannabis laws.

Topics: Higher Education, Online Programs, On-Ground Programs, Emerging Programs, How to Choose a new academic program, Cannabis

Emerging Programs Blog Series: Human Microbiome

Posted by Bob Atkins on Mar 10, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Welcome to day two of our Posts on Emerging Programs. Today’s program is not quite as far out there on the spectrum of emerging programs as Quantum Computing. Instead, the Human Microbiome is widely present in academic research and course catalogs. It’s not yet a stand-alone program, but it already has far-reaching implications for health, science, biology, and Screen Shot 2020-03-09 at 5.34.39 PMmedicine. For example, while we will focus on the human microbiome, biologists are engineering the gut biome of waxworms so they can eat plastic.

What is the human microbiome?

Back in high school, I learned that bacteria were “bad,” parasitic creatures that caused infections and disease. We were taught to wash, scrub, and sanitize to remove these nasty critters from our environment.

Topics: Higher Education, Inquiry Volumes, Emerging Programs, Academic Programs, Microbiome

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?

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

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


Topics: Higher Education, Programs and Cities, 2018

What’s Up?  Search Volume for 14 of 75 Brands Grew Over 10% in December.

Posted by Jeff Chin on Feb 20, 2019 8:30:00 AM


Topics: Higher Education, Programs and Cities, 2018

What’s Up?  Mental Health Counseling Programs Are Attractive for the Boston Market.

Posted by Jeff Chin on Feb 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM


Topics: Higher Education, Programs and Cities, 2018

What’s Up?  Grand Rapids, Michigan Ranks as the Top Market for Mental Health Counselor Opportunities.

Posted by Jeff Chin on Feb 15, 2019 8:00:00 AM


Topics: Higher Education, Programs and Cities, 2018

What’s Up?  Mental Health Counseling Programs Receive High Scores.

Posted by Jeff Chin on Feb 14, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Nationally, student demand for Mental Health Programs is rising.  Last year, inquiries and Google searches for the program both rose over 12%, while program completions rose 10%.  Competition remains manageable in this field, with only 210 schools offering the program in the U.S. Among the competitors, distance education providers appear to be taking share; only 8% of schools offering this program are online, but they produce 25% of the graduates.  On the employment front, there were over 16,000 related job postings last year and 9% average annual growth in employment. Unfortunately, earnings are low; according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 10th percentile wage is just $30,000 for a field in which over 45% of employees have a graduate degree.

Topics: Higher Education, Programs and Cities, 2018