Oct. 3-4, 2023
Washington, DC

Transforming Academic Program Evaluation & Management

Dive deep into data to inform and energize institutional strategy.


Harness data to transform your institution.

As a higher education leader, you are faced with pressing challenges every day, including explaining the value of your college’s education, strategizing for enrollment growth, and ensuring the skills taught in your curriculum will map to successful student employment outcomes. How do you address these challenges to foster growth at your institution?

Join this discussion on how data can be harnessed in a systematic way to help you and your leadership team make informed and agile decisions that engage your academic, administrative, governance, and operational teams through a transparent and often transformative management process.

With AASCU peers, you will engage in a highly interactive and immersive learning experience to explore academic program evaluation and management, including market demand, program economics, predictive and analytical data tools, and a process to engage and maintain the integrity of your institution’s academic portfolio.

Who should participate?

  • Provosts
  • Assistant provosts
  • Associate provosts
  • Vice provosts

How will you benefit?

  • Connect with other AASCU leaders who are seeking data-based solutions
  • Hear from national experts in academic program evaluation and management
  • Spend time working hands-on with data to understand demand for your academic programs
Program topics

Institutions place significant importance on student employment outcomes. However, it is crucial to determine whether students are genuinely interested in enrolling in programs that lead to in-demand jobs. Equally important is assessing whether your programs teach up-to-date skills and if there is excessive competition from other institutions offering similar programs in your market. This session aims to equip you with a program market evaluation comprising three essential metrics: student demand, employment opportunities, and market saturation. By utilizing these metrics, you will be able to evaluate the market demand for your academic programs. 

What if reducing overhead costs and cutting too-small programs were not the only practical ways to control program costs? In this session, you will discover the importance of healthy program margins and low costs in supporting quality student learning and faculty research activities. You will learn how to calculate the direct instructional economics of your programs on a per-student credit hour basis with instructional costs, enrollment revenue, and contribution margin. Additionally, we will delve into analyzing the revenue and direct costs associated with each course section delivered by your institution. You will benchmark costs across your programs and compare them to other institutions. Finally, you will learn how predictive analytics enables your institution to anticipate future outcomes and take proactive measures. 

In this session, you will learn the process of evaluating academic programs. You will explore how to streamline the evaluation process by identifying critical elements and key takeaways from extensive data analysis. We will delve into considerations when initiating the process, clarifying your organization’s current position and approach. You will learn how to determine the key stakeholders involved and define your own role in the evaluation process. By integrating data-informed insights with mission alignment, academic standards, market data, and financial information, you can construct a comprehensive evaluation framework.

Schedule at a  Glance

All sessions will be held at the AASCU Office.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023
2-5 p.m. Programming
5-6:30 p.m. Reception at AASCU Office
Wednesday, October 4, 2023
8:30-9 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Programming
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-4:30 p.m. Programming 

Symposium Partner


 Viceroy Washington DC

Viceroy Washington DC
1430 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC


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Before leaving home   

  • AASCU strongly encourages all participants to be fully vaccinated. The CDC Vaccines website provides definitions of “Fully Vaccinated” and “Up To Date”. 
  • Stay home if you feel unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.  We recommend attendees wear masks while traveling to and from the event and follow COVID-19 safety practices in the days leading up to the event. 
  • We strongly encourage attendees to take a rapid antigen COVID-19 test before traveling and before arriving to AASCU convenings.

Onsite during the event  

  • Masks are recommended and will be available at the registration desk. 
  • If you are experiencing cold or COVID-19 symptoms please be respectful and wear a mask.  
  • Self-administered COVID-19 rapid antigen tests will be available at the registration desk. We encourage participants test themselves upon arrival before joining the conference. 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol  
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  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes. 
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