Astra’s Higher Education Scheduling Index (HESI™) is a database that tracks how effectively colleges and universities allocate their faculty and classrooms to meet students’ course needs. The database includes metrics from a cross-section of 4-year public, 4-year private, and 2-year public higher education institutions. Its goal is to generate benchmarks that can inform institutional scheduling practices and course offerings, in order to improve on-time graduation rates, and better utilize existing space and other institutional resources.
You can access the HESI™ Comparison report from the Impact - Benchmarking folder in the Report app. The report includes a scatterplot comparing all HESI™ institutions based on percentile rankings in course access and efficiency.
The report also includes individual capacity and course offering metrics for your school and compares them to the averages of all institutions in the HESI™ database, schools of the same Carnegie classification, and schools of the same institution type.
Course Access and Efficiency Quadrant
The Course Access and Efficiency Quadrant demonstrates the opportunity to balance students’ course access with campus efficiency. Success in these areas is frequently inversely correlated (e.g. efficient institutions tend to have less course access, and vice versa). All institutions in the HESI™ are mapped (with your institution being highlighted) with the top-right quadrant of this graph representing institutions where both student course access and campus efficiency performance are better than industry averages. The dots are colored-coded to indicate schools that are of the same institution type and Carnegie classification.
The efficiency score is the percentile rank based on an institution’s enrollment ratio, classroom standard week utilization, and underutilized course ratio.
The course access score is the percentile rank based on an institution’s overloaded course ratio, off-grid waste, primetime compression, and single section courses.
Capacity Metrics and Course Offering Metrics
The Capacity and Course Offering Metrics widgets display the individual HESI™ metrics for your institution. The large number indicates the current value and what the percentile ranking your institution is for that metric amongst all HESI™ institutions. Additionally, the included bar chart will show the average metric value for all institutions in the HESI™ database, institutions that match your Carnegie classification, and institutions that match your institution type (institution types include Private not for profit 4-year, Private for-profit 4-year, Public 4-year, Public 2-year, International, and Administrative).
Clicking on any of the metrics will display a drill-in to show additional details.