What Is an Academic Program Evaluation Process?

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.

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Why Do You Need a Program Evaluation System (PES)?

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.

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USC, UCLA Big Ten Playbook

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.

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How to Use Market Analysis to Create a Winning Program Proposal

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.

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How Higher Education Institutions Are Using Creative AI

We've seen an explosion of AI-related courses and programs across higher education, mainly within engineering and computer science departments, but AI isn’t just for “left-brainers.” Artists, musicians, and other “right-brain” aficionados are using AI to enhance the creative process and even generate new creative works. While creative AI still has a long way to go, it's clear that AI technology will have to be considered in the workforce and in educating students.

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Use Your Margins to Support Your Mission

Money remains crucially important to not-for-profits, but in a very different way than for for-profits. For universities, it’s a means for mission attainment, whereas it is the overriding objective in business firms. One barrier to the adoption of academic resourcing models is the concern that doing so will “turn the university into a business.” The case against this proposition is very strong, but its demonstration requires considerable explanation.

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