Coursedog vs Ad Astra

Coursedog empowers over 100 institutions to support on-time completions and achieve operational excellence with their academic operations. See how Coursedog stacks up as an alternative to Ad Astra

Trusted by nearly 100 higher education institutions that serve over 1 million students

What Makes Coursedog Different? 

Coursedog is the Integrated Academic Operations Platform. Empowering academic administrators to support on-time completions and achieve operational excellence with integrated academic and event scheduling, course demand projections, curriculum management, and online catalog solutions through a single, bi-directional integration with your SIS.

Why Choose Coursedog over Ad Astra

Institutions looking for a complete scheduling solution that offers real-time rule validation and workflows will find Coursedog to be an ideal solution. The additional benefit of institutional curriculum and catalogs connected with your scheduling solution brings your academic operations under one roof – clearing roadblocks to success for students.

Integrated Course, Room, and Event Scheduling: 

Ad Astra is primarily a room scheduling tool that has some lightweight section scheduling features; however, it lacks key features such as real-time rules validation and dynamic workflow functionality. Coursedog has a fully integrated academic and event scheduling solution that makes it easy for institutions to schedule course sections, instructors, rooms, and events on campus.

Cloud Web App for Events
Modern User Interface
Configurable Public Calendaring and Booking Portal.
Bi-Directional Outlook Integration
Fully Customizable Dynamic Form Builder and Workflows
Custom Event Website Builder
Master Calendar
Automatic Customizable Emails, Service Orders, Contracts, Invoices and PDFs
Configurable Automated Section & Relationship Rollover
Enrollment Heatmaps
Registration Monitoring
Integrated Section and Room Optimization
After-the-Fact Change Request Dashboard
Create and Enforce Relationships between Classes
Department Section Scheduling with Workflows for Approval
Custom Scheduling Fields
Cloud Web App for Class Scheduling
Enforce Custom Scheduling Rules
Predictive Course Demand Projections
Room Optimizer
Bi-Directional SIS Integration
Instructor Preference Forms
Exam Optimization

Integrated Curriculum and Catalog Management: 

Ad Astra has no tool for curriculum or catalog management. Coursedog’s modern, intuitive UI, self-serve capabilities, flexible data model, and high level of configurability results in higher administration and faculty adoption rates and a smoother change management experience.

Configurable Reporting
Create Configurable Degree Maps and Recommended Degree Paths
Built in Reporting for Visibility into Curriculum Process
Update Degreeworks Automatically
Bi-Directional SIS Integration
Modern User Interface and Experience
Learning Outcome Tracking
Syllabus Management
Audit Log and Form to PDF
Create Agendas for Curriculum Meetings
Build Forms & Workflows without calling Customer Support
Customizable Course & Program Forms and Workflows

Course Demand Projections

Ad Astra offers Predict, a degree pathway and historical-based analytics tool, that commonly falls short of providing trustworthy actionable data to adjust the course schedule in a way that helps administrators or students. Coursedog provides institutions with actionable academic reporting & course demand projections that support on-time completions and operational excellence.

Review Underfilled & Overfilled Sections
Display Past Enrollment Trends
Analytics Integrated with Scheduling Tool
Project Demand with Course & Section Recommendations

Customer Service as a Top Priority:

While both companies share a commitment to customer service, Coursedog's partners experience a level of truly excellent care that is exemplified by our above-average NPS score.

Flexible SIS Integrations and Data Model
Ability to Become Design Partner
Open Product Roadmap
Industry Leading NPS Scores
Dedicated Client Support and Project Management
SSO Support

Proven Bi-Directional SIS Integrations:

Coursedog is proud to offer bi-directional, real-time integrations with the industry’s leading SIS platforms: Oracle PeopleSoft, Ellucian Banner, Ellucian Colleague, Ellucian Colleague Ethos, Ellucian Powercampus, Anthology, and Jenzabar EX.

"One of the things it’s done for us that we’ve never had is a master calendar for the university. That’s been wonderful...We have less room conflicts, double bookings of events, things like that. More campus wide communication around what events are taking place, and when, and where...the quality of our data is much tighter now because the system doesn't allow for as many mistakes to happen.”

Dr. Matt Winn

CIO, Dallas Baptist University

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