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Marymount Manhattan College

Maximizing Manhattan’s Space: How Ad Astra Transformed Scheduling at Marymount Manhattan College 


The Challenge:

Marymount Manhattan College, located in the highly sought after NYC real estate of the Upper East Side, 
faced several challenges, including limited space, a complex scheduling process, and a lack of actionable 
data to drive scheduling decisions. In order to maximize its limited resources effectively, the college needed 
a new approach to optimize scheduling, improve room utilization, and reduce class cancellations.


The Solution:

The college formed a strategic scheduling team to address the problem from all angles. After selecting Ad 
Astra as a technology partner, Marymount Manhattan College implemented a suite of solutions, including 
Academic Scheduling, Registration Monitoring, and Student Demand Forecasting. These tools allowed the 
college to take a more analytical approach to scheduling, making data-informed decisions about course 
offerings and room allocations.


In the past, we had a non–data driven, ad-hoc approach to developing our schedules. But we realized the need for a more analytical approach in creating classes and managing data. Ad Astra’s data and tools changed the college’s approach to course scheduling, resulting in a more efficient process that allowed us to streamline operations, make data-driven decisions, and share timely information across the college.”


Associate Vice President for Academic Administration

The Results:

As a result of implementing Ad Astra’s solutions, Marymount Manhattan College achieved several significant outcomes:

  • Improved course fill rate: The college boosted its course fill rate from 86.01% to 92.64% over a two-year period.
  • Reduced class cancellations: By using data more efficiently, the college was able to significantly reduce class cancellations.
  • Efficient use of space: Marymount Manhattan College maximized its limited classroom space, with around 90% of standard classrooms being used in any given semester.
  • Improved operational efficiency: By automating its approach to reporting, the college saved 15+ staff hours per month.


School Background

Marymount Manhattan College is an urban, independent, liberal arts college with approximately 1,500 students located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The college faced challenges related to limited space in a high-priced real estate market. Ad Astra’s solutions helped the college efficiently manage its scheduling and room utilization, resulting in improved course fill rates and a reduction in class cancellations.

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