Scheduling in Higher Education

Does higher education have a programming issue?  Today’s Inside Higher Education claims so.

Schedules are current developed on a default semester-to-semester or year-to-year basis.  But as more institutions develop alternative curriculum processes, the gap between capacity and offerings appears to be growing, as evidenced by a quote from the technology provider Ad Astra Information Systems.

“Academics make edits to the schedule based on what they know and maybe they have information about what their students’ needs are,” said Sarah Collins, chief client experience officer for Ad Astra. “But they build based on available faculty and available space and it’s posted for students to register. The challenge is enrollments are dynamic.”

The article addresses in-person scheduling, but institutions like FHSU offer a significant online curriculum.  How can online institutions better use data to set schedules and offerings?

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