Every year, Gray features five new and emerging academic programs with high potential in our 5 Emerging Programs webinar. Get ready for our upcoming webinar with the following blog and find out why your institution should start the new year by thinking outside of the box and considering all of the possibilities!
As you go through the process of evaluating your current programs and new opportunities, you will need to decide on the best approach for your institution. You know the consequences poor decisions can create, but how do you do it better?
Having internal and external data is critical when evaluating your academic programs. If your institution looks at external market data for your academic programs, you are halfway there. But to complete a sound program evaluation, you also need to look inward at program economics and academic outcomes.
Adding a new sport could help institution's boost enrollment in specific programs. The academic programs that benefit from athletic enrollment vary by sport, so the right sport may be able to increase enrollment in a specific program or discipline. We took a deeper look, first at major sports in Division 1, then at “Other Sports.”
Higher education is becoming more competitive, but there are still many opportunities for growth – if you know how to look for them. One secret is distinguishing between competition, which is ubiquitous, and market saturation, which is rare.
An academic program evaluation process is data-informed, transparent, collaborative, and intensive when done correctly. Having a strong analytical foundation and a clear, inclusive process for program evaluation leads to better decisions, strengthens relationships across the campus, and is consistent with the principles of shared governance.
A sound Program Evaluation System (PES) marshals the data, software, people, and decision-making processes that enable fast, well-informed, and broadly supported program decisions. Several of the largest and most successful participants in higher education now use a Program Evaluation System (PES) to guide their program decisions.
At Gray, we follow stories that are important to our higher education community, and when UCLA and USC announced their plan to move to Big Ten Conference, they changed the landscape of college sports in the US. We focused on looking at the impact beyond football; using our new Athletics Evaluation Software, we made a list of strategic decisions that would allow USC & UCLA to assimilate with the Big Ten without compromising sports unique to their current footprint.
When planning your academic program portfolio, labor data is indeed important, but your market data should not only include labor market demand. A successful academic program evaluation is not based on one dimension of data. The fallacy of that has gotten many a school into trouble.
Analyzing market data informs academic program evaluation and decision-making, leading to a strong program portfolio. Once an institution has analyzed their market data, they can rely on the data to inform which programs to start, stop, and grow. In this blog, we will show how institutions can apply the market analysis that leads to a successful new program proposal.