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


The Emerging Program Pool: What You Need to Know Before Jumping In

Posted by Bob Atkins on Feb 24, 2020 1:27:54 PM

The Emerging Program Pool: What You Need to Know Before Jumping In

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If you saw our recent webinar, 5 Emerging Programs for 2020, you know we have been thinking a lot about emerging programs. As a strategy consulting firm that focuses entirely on higher education, it is our duty to help our clients see what is coming. And we promise to share this crucial information here. We want you to have the latest information on the markets and margins for academic programs, so you can make the best program decisions for your school and mission.

Topics: Inquiry Volumes, Undertanding Student demand, Programs, Emerging Programs


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?  Inquiries for Online Programs Rise 9%. [Chart]

Posted by Jeff Chin on Jan 29, 2019 10:00:00 AM

While some believe that growth in online programs has peaked, the data suggest that the best is yet to come.  Inquiry volumes rose almost every month in 2018 for an annual average growth rate of 6.2%. Growth in December beat the average, surging 9%.

Topics: Higher Education, Online Programs, Inquiry Volumes, 2018


What’s Up?  Student Inquiries Rise 9% Year-Over-Year. [Chart]

Posted by Jeff Chin on Jan 25, 2019 3:47:35 PM

Gray tracks inquiries, essentially online forms filled out by potential students interested in higher education programs.  Inquiry volume had been dropping, often by double digits, for over five years. 2018 broke the trend. Inquiries increased 1.7% for the year and sprinted to the finish with a 9% rise in December.

Topics: Inquiry Volumes, 2018


Sudden Drop in Conversion Rates for Student Inquiries. [Chart]

Posted by Jeff Chin on Jan 22, 2019 6:15:28 PM

Sudden Drop in Conversion Rates for Student Inquiries Nov18

Topics: Inquiry Source, Higher Education, Conversions, On-Ground Programs, Inquiry Volumes, Programs and Cities, Job Postings, Google Search Volumes, 2018


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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Topics: Inquiry Volumes


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

Topics: Inquiry Volumes


Interest in Higher-Level Degrees Among Prospective Students is Growing.

Posted by Bob Atkins on Sep 18, 2018 4:18:11 PM

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Topics: Inquiry Volumes


Four Straight Months of Growth in Demand for Higher Education.

Posted by Bob Atkins on Sep 13, 2018 4:30:37 PM

Overall Student Demand for Higher Education

Topics: Inquiry Volumes