Designing Course Schedules to Maximize Student Persistence

How do we design course schedules that maximize student persistence?

Reported by EdSurge, a study from 200 colleges found that 45% of courses are filled to under 70% capacity, with institutions that have greater course inefficiency experiencing lower graduation rates as well.

When crowded course schedules and limited availability mean students need to take a term off, that is greatly increasing your risk they won’t come back.

The takeaway? While crafting course schedules for optimal efficiency is not a perfect science, how do we make sure our institutions are utilizing analytics to design course availability as intelligently as possible. And at the very least, let’s make sure we’re aware of our current inefficiencies so we can schedule, hire and plan better moving forward.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.