Program Analytics

Educational Program Analytics

The Educational Program Analytics (EPA) team 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. The EPA team is your on-campus resource for proposing new programs and maintaining current programs.

Paige A. Mertz
Educational Programs Analyst

Program Analytics Specialist

Please, fill out the Educational Program 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 current or proposed program(s)
  • 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
  • Acquire a market analysis of a specific industry or occupation related to a current or proposed program

New Program Development Support

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

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


Curriculum Process 
  • Curriculum Handbook (Coming Soon)
  • Curriculum Forms
  • Curriculum FAQs (Coming Soon)
  • Curriculum Workflows
Curriculum Degree Proposal 

New Program Development Support Timeline

Step 1:

Program proposer/initiator submits EPA Request Form

Step 2:

Program Analytics team sends a notification of receipt that includes a meeting request to discuss the new program and proposal process

Step 3:

Program Analytics team meets with program proposers/stakeholders to gather more context about the program, explain the 3-Stage proposal form, and discuss timeline of development and program implementation

Step 4:

Program Analytics team completes analyses and delivers the Program Analysis/EPA Report required for program proposer(s) to complete Stage I of the proposal form

Step 5:

Once Stage I is approved, the program proposer/initiator completes necessary sections in Stage II and works with the Program Analytics team and the SHSU Financial Planning and Budget team to finalize Stage II 

Step 6:

Once Stage II is approved, the program proposer/initiator completes Stage III, including all reviews and approvals from their Department Curriculum Committee and College Curriculum Committee 

Step 7:

Program proposal is submitted to the University Curriculum Committee (UCC) for review and approval 

Step 8:

Once the UCC approves the program, the proposal moves through all other necessary reviews and approvals before Catalog implementation (i.e. Academic Affairs Council, Board of Regents, 30 Day Notification Period, THECB, etc.)

Current Program Support

Opportunity Analysis: The Program Analytics team 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 Program Analytics team 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 Program Analytics team provides guidance for program development on best practices for data gathering and analysis per THECB and SHSU standards. As a result, for example, training attendees will work with the Program Analytics team 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