Kansas City, MO
Midwest Summit 2023
June 23, 2023
What is the Midwest Summit?
The Midwest Summit brings together the brightest scheduling minds across the region to make meaningful connections with other educational leaders and walk away with actionable steps to improve course scheduling. More and more academic leaders want to move toward a more data-informed approach to academic program review and academic planning, yet struggle with what data points are meaningful and accessible.
Join us to learn how you can use data to understand the health of your academic programs and consider implications for academic planning. Ad Astra is excited to showcase the newest strategies and best practices around course demand analytics, registration monitoring, and room scheduling during this year's event.
This year's summit is being hosted by our partner, University of Missouri - Kansas City.
Dates: June 23
Location: University of Missouri - Kansas City Student Union -
5100 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO, 64110
8:30 – 9:00 am
9:00 – 9:15 am
UMKC Introduction and Housekeeping – Douglas Swink, Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
9:15 – 10:00 am
UMKC Hispanic Development Fund Project – Douglas Swink, Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment Management & Tom Shaver, Founder and CEO of Ad Astra
Learn how Ad Astra has partnered with UMKC and the Hispanic Development Foundation to close equity gaps. Today’s university students need clear paths to completion through productive, reliable, and conflict-free schedules to maximize their productive progress. Through this partnership, Ad Astra will identify strategies that close equity gaps and better understand how to promote equity and advance progress toward degree completion across HDF scholars, KC Scholars, gender, race/ethnicity populations.
10:00 – 10:45 am
Northwest Missouri State University's Story: Scheduling in the New World – Dr. Jay Johnson and Terri Vogel
An even better pair than Mahomes and Reid, join the NWMO State team to learn how they have taken scheduling to the next level. They may even let you see the ring!
10:45 – 11:00 am
11:00 – 11:45 am
A Partnership to Support Scheduling Strategies – Sarah Collins and Acadeum
As partners, Ad Astra and Acadeum can solve common scheduling challenges. Using data-driven insights to maximize course scheduling and leveraging a network of like-minded institutions to fill gaps and expand academic capacity, we are helping colleges and universities boost student and institutional success.
In this session you will learn:- About Acadeum and their consortia and intuitional partnerships
- The benefits of course sharing
- The reporting and dashboard offering from Ad Astra to identify and track courses optimized for course sharing
11:45 – 12:15 pm
Product Roadmap and Ad Astra's Space Station – Charlie Stroble, Director of Product Experience and the Ad Astra Product Team
We are shooting for the stars! Hear from our product team about the 2023 Product Roadmap and Ad Astra’s Space Station.
12:15 – 1:15 pm
Lunch - KC Style
1:15 – 4:00 pm - Academic Leader Track
Academic Program Health & Planning
More and more academic leaders want to move toward a more data-informed approach to academic program review and academic planning yet struggle with what data points are meaningful and accessible. Join us to learn how you can use data to understand the health of your academic programs and consider implications for academic planning. *Bonus - submit your academic program review or academic planning process to us before the workshop and our consultants will provide you with some customized recommendations on how to incorporate meaningful data into your plan.
Provosts & VPs - Please send your Program Evaluation documentation no later than June 16 to Dr. Lisa Hunter and Angela Vietti at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com for review. Don't hesitate to reach out to Dr. Hunter directly if you have questions or want more information about the review.
1:15 – 2:00 pm
-Events: From Old School to New School – Charlie Stroble
- Come learn cool tips & tricks in our current Events solution and hear about exciting new happenings coming down our yellow brick road.
-Align, Predict, and Plan Session – Laura Kelley and Tom Shaver
- Come learn about Ad Astra’s course demand analytics and planning. How can we help your students get a direct route to completion with less delays and canceled flights – kind of like our new airport.
2:00 – 2:45 pm
-Optimization Session – Maggie Roberts
- How can you maximize your existing space, streamline your process, and tidy up your room inventory? We’re here to tell you!! Come join Maggie to hear more!
-Putting it into Action: Align/Predict Workshop (Bring your logins) – Laura Kelley
- Want to take your knowledge to the next level? Bring your logins and scheduling problems. We will be going into the application with real examples and solutions. Sure it’s been a while since the Royals’ World Series win, but we will help you get in the game.
2:45 – 3:00 pm
3:00 – 3:45 pm
Monitoring the Change – Ad Astra Team
We are ready for when Mid-West weather, hits are you? Join us to learn all about tracking daily registration and how to leverage reports within the application to get an even broader forecast.
Round Table Discussions and Account Reviews – Ad Astra Team
There's No Place Like Home: Closing Remarks and Space Station Giveaway – UMKC and Ad Astra
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