Challenge

Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences (Aultman College) sought accreditation for its newly created 4-year health sciences degree program, required by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). However, Aultman College needed assistance in completing a community readiness assessment for the program.

 

Solution

Aultman College partnered with Hanover Research to produce an in-depth Program Demand assessment of the market for a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, considering potential student and labor market demand across a variety of specialization areas.

Impact

Hanover’s analysis revealed that both labor market demand as gauged by employment projections for graduates of four-year health sciences programs and student demand as gauged by degree conferrals were both trending favorably.

 

Using Hanover’s analysis, Aultman College:

  • Successfully received accreditation from the HLC for its four-year health sciences program.
  • Will launch the college’s first four-year health sciences degree program in Fall 2017.

Hanover was integral in preparing our case with the HLC. Through Hanover’s research, Aultman College had a foundation that led to HLC approval with no monitoring required. We are thrilled to be able to offer this high-demand  program to students.

Amanda L. Espenschied-Reilly, Ph.D., Dean of General Education & Online Learning

Hanover Research