Virtualizing the Admissions Review Process: Bringing Best Practices to the Cutting Edge

The application process is an important stage of the student lifecycle — and an important time for schools to connect with students. Students are applying to more schools than ever before at a time when college and university admissions offices face increasingly limited resources and competing priorities. This whitepaper examines the impact a virtual review process can have on institutions looking to maximize the productivity of admissions staff, improve service to students, and partner in the student experience.

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.

Precision Decisions: Optimize Your Application Process

Institutions invest a lot of time and effort reviewing applications and making admissions decisions. Yet the process is often frustrating for students and intense for admissions and IT staff who manage the systems and workflow. Learn why you should build a purposeful digital ecosystem for a best-in-class applications review and decision process.

Retention Solutions: Mapping a Framework

Retention solutions are increasingly important for higher education leaders seeking to remain financially stable. This report is the first in a series on retention that will serve as a reference guide for institutional leaders seeking to navigate the myriad available solutions to support retention. This series will help leaders understand the key decisions for implementing retention solutions and present strategies for considering a more horizontal integration of data across the student lifecycle to support retention.

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.


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