Coursedog's founding story is rooted in the desire to help students achieve their highest goals.
In 2018, Coursedog's co-founders and then college students, Justin Wenig and Nick Diao, were frustrated by how difficult it was to get into the classes they needed to graduate on time.
After speaking with higher education provosts and registrars to better understand how academic scheduling works, they came away with a vision that permeates the company today.
Higher education is the key to promoting socioeconomic mobility.
A study by the Postsecondary Value Commission found that nearly two-thirds of individuals born into the lowest income bracket who attend college reach the middle class or above. 1
In addition to the expected economic benefits, many individuals report 'wellbeing' as an anticipated outcome of the impact of a postsecondary degree. 2
Despite the opportunity that postsecondary education unlocks, the number of people attributing value to a higher education degree is decreasing. 3
Nationally, only 37 percent of students enrolled in higher education institutions will complete their degree. This number is even lower for Black (23 percent), Latinx (24 percent), and low-income learners (26 percent). 4
Institutions have inadvertently created barriers to completion, including: unclear degree pathways, misalignment of programs & academic schedules with student demand and course access issues.
These scheduling barriers to completion are a leading cause of early dropouts.
Legacy institutions struggle to operate efficiently.
Our research shows that university administrators are spending 60% of their time on manual, oftentimes duplicative, data entry and very few have the right data for decision-making.
As an example, the average campus could have 4-6 different tools to support the lifecycle from course proposal to registration, creating manual, duplicate data entry. There is no single source of truth to understand course demand and which degree programs are most cost-effective for the institution.
Coursedog is an integrated academic operations platform which helps higher ed maximize operational efficiency, innovate with data and accelerate student success.
Today, we partner with 140+ institutions to provide —
Academic Operations Analytics
Curriculum & Catalog Management
Academic & Event Scheduling
Student Pathway Planning & Advising Dashboard
accelerating pathways to on-time completion & supporting campus financial health.
With Coursedog, students can access the information, requirements, and courses they need to complete their programs of study on time.
Eliminate roadblocks and barriers to completion as a result of manual, siloed academic operations.
Help more students complete their programs of study in less time, resulting in a lower financial burden to obtain their credential.
Enable students to reap the return on investment of their higher education in less time.
Institutions that adopt Coursedog's integrated platform drive operational efficiencies and move the needle on retention, completion, and operational excellence goals.
Ensure accuracy across the curriculum lifecycle to empower administrators to better serve students.
Reduce costs and increase efficiencies by simplifying technology and process stacks to a single, unified platform.
Eliminate hidden requirements that inhibit transparency and completion due to siloed data and operations
According to a report by the Postsecondary Value Commission, “Postsecondary value is about both earning a decent wage and building a stronger and fairer democracy,” emphasizing that the benefits of college completion extend beyond the learner themselves.
In its ideal form, higher ed promotes equitable outcomes for students, while also having "a tangible payoff for society in terms of a stronger economy, an increased tax base, a more diverse and prepared workforce across middle- and high-skill jobs, a healthier populace, and less reliance on the federal government."
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Dancy, K., Rorison, J., Engle, J., Gray Parker, A., Voight, M., Eckerson Peters, E., DiBenedetto, K., Roberson, A. J., & Mugglestone, K. (2021). (rep.). Equitable Value: Promoting Economic Mobility and Social Justice Through Postsecondary Education . Postsecondary Value Commission. Retrieved from https://www.postsecondaryvalue.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/PVC-Final-Report-FINAL.pdf
Marken, S. (2021). (rep.). Ensuring a More Equitable Future: Exploring the Relationship Between Wellbeing and Postsecondary Value. Postsecondary Value Commission. Retrieved from https://www.postsecondaryvalue.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/PVC-Marken-FINAL-7.2.pdf