Program Analytics

Educational Program Analytics

The Educational Programs Analyst (EPA) provides analytic support for new and existing degree programs at Sam Houston State University to maintain the institution’s high value in both education for students and service to our local, state, and nation-wide community.

Paige A. Mertz
Educational Programs Analyst (EPA)

Please, fill out the Educational Programs Analytics (EPA) Request Form if it is your intention to:

  • Propose a new program, certificate, or minor at SHSU
  • Find analytical support that adds to the validity and competitiveness of your new program proposal
  • Look for new opportunities in existing curriculum to fill skill gaps
  • Examine the fit of existing programs in relation to current and projected workforce needs
  • Evaluate current or proposed programs against competing programs in-state, out-of-state, and in the nation

New Program Development Support

Development: If a new program, certification, or minor, is being proposed, the Educational Program Analytics staff, can assist in proposal development with analytic support that objectively balances industry alignment with academic goals. Support includes, but is not limited to:

  • Program demand, specifically how the program is succeeding in TX, the US, or other specified regions
  • Workforce trends related to program and target graduate occupations (job counts and projections, compensation, demographics, etc.)
  • Needs analysis, including job demand, student demand, and skills demand at the regional and national level
  • Internal program/department audit (enrollment trends, graduation trends, inter-curricular trends for non-major students, pipeline program analysis)
  • Curriculum and course consultation based on job market skill demand

New Program Development Support Timeline


Step 1:

Proposer submits completed EPA Request Form to Paige Mertz (EPA)

Step 2:

EPA sends a notification of receipt that includes, if applicable, a request for any additional information needed

Step 3:

Proposer submits, if applicable, additional information requested by the EPA

Step 4:

EPA completes analyses and collects support according to the data needs addressed in the EPA Request Form

Step 5:

EPA schedules a meeting to discuss initial findings, program analysis resources, and the appropriate proposal documentation.

Step 6:

Initial meeting with EPA takes place and any other proposal-specific action items are assigned(approximate meeting time: 1 hour)

Step 7:

Proposer receives a Program Analysis Report from the EPA summarizing the discussed data points and results from the initial meeting.

Step 8:

Begin drafting proposal form, if applicable. Contact EPA if any additional support is needed

Current Program Support

Opportunity Analysis: The EPA provides support to all SHSU units in determining the strengths and opportunities of existing programs including:

  • Current skill gap analyses in the workforce and target occupations that yield curriculum development opportunities
  • Workforce demand analysis that determines program gaps in departments/colleges for new proposal opportunities
  • Occupational mapping and skill cluster analysis for current programs and curricula
  • Competing institutions (in-state, out-of-state, nation-wide) and how their related programs compare to SHSU’s programs
  • Evaluating where program alumni are going after graduation

Health Checks: In addition to providing opportunity analysis for existing programs, the EPA will facilitate and support systematic program health checks to ensure alignment with evolving industry and discipline expectations (i.e. occupational mapping and trends, program goals, enrollment trends, skill-based curriculum, pipeline program development, etc.).

Program Analytics Training*

Via virtual and in-person trainings, the EPA provides guidance for program development on best practices for data gathering and analysis per THECB and SHSU standards. As a result, training attendees will work with the EPA to create survey templates for primary, on-campus data gathering and analysis. Upon request, general survey templates and survey consults are also provided.

*Program Analytics Trainings TBA