Determining course capacity for college administrators can be a difficult task. As administrators, we want to ensure that we have an adequate offering for our students, however we also must ensure that we are efficiently utilizing our resources and minimize excess capacity for courses. This can be a difficult balancing act for administrators.
Having the ability to see a dashboard that displays historical capacity metrics by subject and further having the ability to drilldown by subject to course level information can be an extremely effective tool for this planning process.
Image1 below shows an example of a course capacity scorecard that allows an administrator to view Utilized Capacity by Subject (Bar Chart), Average Capacity per Section by Subject (Bar Chart), Max Capacity by Subject (Bar Chart), Unused Capacity by Subject (Pareto), Capacity Percentage by Subject (Ticker), and a Target Capacity.
Taking a further look into the Utilized Capacity by Subject, Image2, we can see that the comparable semester of the previous year had 2374 unused seats within the English Subject which means that we need to decrease our offerings for the upcoming semester. Further, I can select a subject and drilldown to the course level. Selecting English will drilldown to a new dashboard filtering all of our metrics by the English subject and now we can make meaningful decisions as to which courses to decrease as shown in Image3. On the Unutilized Capacity by Course we can now see that there were 1182 unused seats for Composition and Rhetoric as shown in Image4.
The ability for administrators to view this information and make meaningful decisions can save higher education institutions significant resources. For more information or to see this dashboard in action please contact an iDashboards Account Manager.
Zach Breimayer– Technical Consultant, iDashboards