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April 29, 2013

SCC’s ‘smart growth’ saved it $3.4 mil


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“Data that is now provided in real time allows us to better plan for the academic needs of our students, to more efficiently plan our schedule of class offerings, and to ensure our students will have access to course offerings in a location or mode of delivery that meets their needs,” said Dr. Honeycutt.
Like many states, Kentucky struggles to adequately fund higher education needs. Since 1999, state support for public institutions has dropped approximately $260 million, according to the Council on Postsecondary Education.  Kentucky students are facing significant tuition increases over the next decade if lawmakers cut state funding. 
To combat escalating costs, several higher education institutions in Kentucky have experienced significant savings by implementing Astra Schedule, an interactive scheduling system from Ad Astra Information System that helps coordinate academic, event and resource scheduling functions in one enterprise-wide system.
“Most people don’t realize that class and event scheduling on campuses plays a strategic role in higher education and greatly contributes to improving student outcomes, building capacity for enrollment growth, and making college more affordable,” said Tom Shaver, Ad Astra Information Systems CEO and Founder. 

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