Enrollment Health is a tool to understand the expected number of students moving through your programs. It is also important to understand additional aspects of student preference while examining Enrollment Health, such as campus and modality.
Once you understand Enrollment Health, you can pinpoint how programs are fragmented and uncover opportunities to manage the tradeoff between variety and sustainability.
How does Ad Astra calculate Enrollment Health?
To calculate Enrollment Health for a pathway, we need two numbers: the number of Terms per pathway and the number of Students per pathway. We then divide the number of Students across the number of Terms to get an estimate of students at any point along the pathway.
Example: a pathway with 128 assigned students that is 4 years (8 terms) long will have an Enrollment Health of 16.
We calculate the Number of Terms by dividing the total required credits in a pathway by 15.
Example: a Pathway with 60 required credits will be counted as 4 terms.
Campus Cohort Enrollment Health
When planning where a pathway should be offered, students' campus preferences are important to take into account. If your institution has campuses that students do not use interchangeably, then the enrollment is split between these campuses. Understanding the Enrollment Health across campuses can help you manage sustainability in pathway access.
Enrollment Health Across Campuses
The same Enrollment Health calculation is used above but split the pathway’s students across their preferred campuses.
Example: an institution with 2 Campuses (A & B), with a 4 year (8 terms) pathway with 128 assigned students. Campus A has 10 students and Campus B has 118 students.
|Campus A||Campus B|
|Number of Terms in pathway||8||8|
|Enrollment Health for 4 year (8 terms) pathway||1.3||14.8|
How to interpret Enrollment Health
Enrollment Health is a warning signal when the sustainability of a pathway offering is at risk. If a Pathway has an Enrollment Health of 1, then there is only an estimated 1 seat needed for courses in that pathway.
However, more research is required to fully understand the sustainability of a pathway offering. If all of the pathway’s courses are shared with other similar pathways, for example, the risk is lowered. This course sharing is most easily seen in institution-wide requirements where many pathways share the same course.
You can learn more about these types of insights in Pathway Health.
The Enrollment Health Dashboard
The Enrollment Health by Campus dashboard is located in the Ad Astra Report app under the Enrollment Health folder.
The top widgets of the dashboard describe your institution and the values are representative of the filters applied to the right. If you feel these numbers are inaccurate, the first place to check is the applied filters.
- Number of students represented in the report
- Number of defined Pathways
- Number of campuses at your institution
- The average length of your Pathways in Terms
Student Headcount: DIsplays the number of students represented in the report.
Campus Fragments per Pathway: The "Campus Fragments per Pathway" is a calculated field that represents the average number of campuses you’re offering the Pathway. You can read the Pathway Health article to learn more about Campus Fragments.
For example, an institution has 3 Pathways and 4 Campuses. If they offer their most popular Pathway in all 4 Campuses but only offer their 2 specialized Pathways at one Campus, then the institution has 6 total Campus Fragments but 2 Campus Fragments per Pathway.
Average Terms per Pathway: DIsplays the average terms needed to complete Pathway.
Average Students per Pathway Widget
The Average Students per Pathway Widget explores the students represented in your Pathways.
On the left is the average number of students across each Pathway, further broken down by the average students per campus fragment. On the right, we break out the individual Pathways in a bar chart to help visualize the relative strength of a Pathway.
The same institution from above (3 Pathways, 4 Campuses) that has 100 students would have 33 Average Students per Pathway but would have an Average Students per Campus Fragment of 16.
Average Enrollment Health per Pathway Widget
The Average Enrollment Health per Pathway Widget communicates the idea of Enrollment Health. Enrollment Health answers the question of the expected number of students moving through the Pathway. We divide the students in a Pathway by the expected time (terms) it takes to complete the Pathway. This should give us an estimation of the number of students working towards a Pathway at any point along the Pathway. This is important because students at different points along a Pathway will likely be working towards different requirements and should be assumed to be taking different courses.
The same institutions from above (3 Pathways, 4 Campuses, 100 students) have designed the Pathways to be completed in 4 terms. This institution would have an Average Enrollment Health per Pathway of 8 and an Average Enrollment Health per Campus Fragment of 4.
Average Enrollment Health by Campus Widget
The Average Enrollment Health by Campus widget is a graph that displays the Enrollment Health comparison between the different Campuses. This can be used to highlight relative strength between your different Campuses.
At the bottom of the dashboard is the individual Pathway data that you can export to a CSV if you’d like to transform the data yourself.