Student feedback and progressive reporting – What parents say

Our new piece of #HobsonsInsights is a K-12 focused analysis of recent research on student feedback and progressive reporting. We surveyed 1000+ Australian parents with children of various year levels, attending all different types of schools. The results are aligned to the national funding model and include state-by-state analysis.

How to Increase Student Engagement at Your School

To connect learning to life and stay in school, students need to be engaged with their education through three separate dimensions of student life: academically, socially, and emotionally. In this white paper, we lay out many different strategies to engaging all of your students through these three parts of their high school community.

Seven Things To Consider: Early Warning and Student Tracking Systems

Student retention has gained greater attention in recent years due to increased scrutiny by legislators, accrediting bodies, the media and the general public. However, while a large body of research is available regarding college student retention, many institutions are still grappling with decisions, including which programs and strategies to implement and how to assess their effectiveness.

Student Success Drives Institutional Effectiveness

As post-secondary learners make more informed choices from an increasing number of education options, focusing on their success will be the key driver of institutional effectiveness and prosperity. This paper examines how people interact with higher education today, showing how that relationship will continue to evolve to meet individual and societal needs.

Talking about Race, Class, and College Access (2016)

In July of 2015, Hobsons hosted a small convening of admissions and enrollment management leaders in partnership with the American Council on Education (ACE), to discuss college access and success for underrepresented minority and low-income students. What emerged was a rich and robust discussion on the challenges, successes, and promising practices that will allow education professionals to meet mission-critical diversity goals and advance equity in postsecondary education.

The 2015 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College & University Admissions Directors

Increasingly, higher education institutions in America are rethinking their admissions and recruiting practices to draw students who will be a good fit with their institutional culture. This study, part of a series of surveys of key campus leaders by Inside Higher Ed and Gallup, explores important questions about higher education admissions and recruiting policies and procedures as perceived by those grappling with key issues.

Digital Engagement: Driving Student Success

Poor retention and completion rates symptomize the challenges colleges and universities face in their attempts to meet the needs and aspirations of diverse student populations. Early models of student attrition identified numerous student factors and characteristics that increase the likelihood a student will not complete college (i.e., at-risk characteristics). Institutions have used this information to develop programs and implement technology to target these specific factors and to mitigate risks.

Starfish and Key Retention Research

“Standing on the shoulders of giants” is a phrase we often use to demonstrate our respect for those whose research in a field has been foundational. While Starfish Retention Solutions is an innovator in student success, you will see that our products are well grounded in the research of this field. We work closely with clients to integrate disparate institutional data into the Starfish platform and provide information that is actionable and meaningful. This white paper explains our approach and the research that informs our decision-making.

Gallup Report: State of America’s Schools

Gallup Education has compiled a report of their recent findings regarding teacher and student engagement, the foundations and predictors of student success, and the path towards creating strength-based schools.

First Generation Students: Status Quo is not Enough

Typically first-generation students who pursue college degrees undergo enormous transformations as they negotiate the difficult transition into the culture of academia. In addition to confronting the anxieties, dislocations and difficulties that most college students face, their experiences often involve cultural, social and academic transitions.


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