Vote to See Hobsons at SXSWedu 2016!

Held in Austin, Texas each year, the SXSWedu Conference promotes innovation in education through interactive workshops, film screenings, networking opportunities, and more with thousands of attendees from all over the U.S.

Hobsons & You: Using Ice Breakers to Make Meaningful Connections at Hobsons University

One of the greatest things about Hobsons University is that the conference draws hundreds of education professionals ready to engage in inspiring conversations. Receptions, daily meals, breaks between sessions, and happy hours are just a few places where conference participants can make meaningful connections with each other. If you’re not sure where to start, here are four ways to break out of your comfort zone and break into conversation.

Bring College and Career Readiness into the Classroom with Hobsons’ Naviance Curriculum

Hobsons developed the Naviance College and Career Readiness Curriculum – a blended learning experience for students in grades 6-12 that helps develop critical non-cognitive skills and college knowledge, and shows how other students have persevered to overcome obstacles.

Teamwork Helps Adams 12 Five Star Schools Strengthen Counseling Programs with Naviance

Since implementing Naviance, Adams 12 Five Star Schools has increased its graduation rate by 12%, and data collected through Naviance helped the district justify spending to restore counseling positions that had been lost due to budget cuts.

Supporting College Admission Counseling at the 2016 MIDWest ACAC Conference

At Hobsons, we value school counselors and we know we couldn’t achieve our goal of helping students meet their maximum potential without them. That’s why we’re a proud sponsor and participant at the 2016 MIDWest ACAC conference in Minneapolis, Minn.

Student in School Library

What’s Trending in Education: December 12, 2016

Interested in what’s trending in education? Here are a few highlights from recent education news.

Share Your Expertise at Naviance Summer Institute 2017

The Naviance Summer Institute 2017 Call for Presenters is now open.

Jessica Lahey to Keynote Naviance Summer Institute 2017

We’re thrilled to announce that educator and New York Times best-selling author Jessica Lahey is our keynote speaker for the 2017 Naviance Summer Institute.

What’s Trending in Education: March 6, 2017

Interested in what’s trending in education? Here are a few highlights from recent education news.

Announcing the 2017 Hobsons Education Advances Awards Finalists (Higher Ed)

The Hobsons Education Advances Awards symbolize the innovation that is possible when an institution combines people, process, and technology to make a difference in the lives of students. Here are the award finalists in the areas of Admissions and Enrollment and Student Success and Advising.

Hobsons University Daily Recap: Day 4

Hobsons University 2015 wrapped up with leaders from Hobsons’ product management and research and development teams sharing information on the current state of our higher education product strategy and where we are going in the future.

5 Ways High School Counselors Can Work With Regional Admissions Representatives

Regional admissions representatives are similar to their on-campus counterparts; however, they typically live in their primary recruitment territory, which allows them to increase institutional exposure through more local events such as college visits, parent panels, college nights, and financial aid nights. Here are five ways that high school counselors can make the most of their regional reps in order to better support students throughout the college admissions process.

ActiveMatch Events - Find best fit students for your college

Five Ways to Make Campus Visits Count

One of the best ways for students to see if a college is a good fit is by visiting campus. And for many students, a campus visit may be just what they need to help them see that college could be a reality for their future. Here are five tips for helping students make sure their campus visits count.

San Jacinto College and Clear Creek ISD: A Lesson in Bridging the Gap Between K-12 and Higher Ed

One community college in Houston, Texas, discovered a unique way to bridge the gap between high school and higher education for students in its community.

5 Important Education Trends from 2016 + INFOGRAPHIC

A number of education stories made a lasting impression in 2016, from early college and career readiness conversations to the growing popularity of the post-high school gap year. Here’s a look at key insights we shared on the Hobsons Education Advances blog in 2016.

Employee Spotlight: Meet Hobsons Scrum Master Tyler Tremblay

In our Employee Spotlight blog series, you’ll meet Hobsons employees, learn about their background and roles, and discover what they like most about working at Hobsons.

What’s Trending in Education: February 13, 2017

Interested in what’s trending in education? Here are a few highlights from recent education news.

More Than Ready

One thing every person in education and every parent can agree on is that we want our students to be prepared when they graduate high school to thrive in college or a career, but some feel the system that measures that readiness is flawed. So, what do you do? Well, here's one idea.

5 Key Takeaways from the Improving the Odds of Successful Upward Transfer Webinar

Five key takeaways from the "Improving the Odds of Successful Upward Transfer" webinar.

Hobsons University Daily Recap: Day 3

Day three of Hobsons University included engaging sessions led by clients, partners, and Hobsons staff, an informative discussion about Hobsons and Starfish, and our 10-Year Anniversary Celebration at Knibbe Ranch that ended the day on a high note.

Three Observations from a First Time Hobsons U Staff Attendee

If you’re thinking about attending Hobsons U for the first time in 2015, here are a few observations I picked up from last year that I hope will help you navigate this awesome event.

A Snapshot on the Use of Individual Learning Plans in the US [Infographic]

Across the country schools and districts are recognizing the value of individualized learning plans (ILPs) as a way to bring greater coherence, focus, and purpose to the decisions students make about their education and life goals.

Houston Independent School District Jumpstarts Career Planning with Naviance and Career Key

​With the introduction of the Common Core State Standards and other college and career readiness initiatives in recent years, states are trying to determine how to best support all students as they develop the skills to complete high school and plan for their futures, whether that means entering college or the workforce.

Education News Podcast

Making College Possible, Emotional Learning, and Kanye West vs Everybody

In our latest episode of Upgraded by Hobsons, we explore how emotions influence learning, and why there’s a college course centered around Kanye West. Plus, you’ll hear how one man is making college possible for those who never thought it could be.

Prepare for College Deadlines with These Essential Resources

Here are some great resources to share with your students and families to help them prepare for upcoming college deadlines.

What’s Trending in Education: January 23, 2017

Interested in what’s trending in education? Here are a few highlights from recent education news.

What’s Trending in Education: February 20, 2017

Interested in what’s trending in education? Here are a few highlights from recent education news.

Three Reasons Why Hobsons Supports Collaboration on Both Sides of the Desk

School counselors and college admissions staff are both critical to supporting students looking to identify and enroll in best-fit colleges. When counselors and advisors on “both sides of the desk” can work together more easily and efficiently, students benefit from better information about colleges and higher quality college planning conversations. 

Discover Student Success Content at Hobsons University 2017

Did you know that this year’s Hobsons University will feature three full tracks of breakout sessions – nearly 22 sessions – designed specifically for our Starfish community? Whether you are a beginner, or a seasoned power user, we have content that is designed to meet your needs.

NSI Checklist: 19 Tips to Have an Awesome Conference Experience

Can you believe that Naviance Summer Institute is next week? We have put together a checklist of things you should do before, during, and after the conference to ensure you’re prepared to have an awesome conference experience.

Looking Beyond the Horizon at the Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference

If you're attending the HLC, please plan to join us for the Closing Panel Tuesday, April 19, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.; Grand Ballroom C-F, Gold Level, East Tower.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness in the Classroom Keeps Students Engaged

Today’s students have a lot on their minds. Busy activity schedules, family issues, social media, and teen relationships can crowd students’ minds with concerns they find as pressing as schoolwork.

What’s Trending in Education - December 19, 2016

Interested in what’s trending in education? Here are a few highlights from recent education news.

Employee Spotlight: Meet Hobsons Account Executive Luciana DiTullio

In our Employee Spotlight blog series, you’ll meet Hobsons employees, learn about their background and roles, and discover what they like most about working at Hobsons.

The 2017 Naviance Summer Institute Conference Tracks

Whether you are a first-time attendee or a Naviance Summer Institute veteran, the program for NSI 2017 promises something for everyone who is searching for ways to best serve their students and communities.

Fort Hays State University: Students Supporting Student Success

After implementing Starfish in 2013, Fort Hays State University wanted to give everyone on campus a role in making sure students succeed on campus – including students’ peers. After all, who can talk to a freshman better than a freshman, or to a grad student better than a grad student?

Hobsons University Daily Recap: Day 1

Hobsons University 2015 started in full swing with Hobsons product users, sponsors, and staff gathering from around the world in beautiful San Antonio, Texas. Here’s a quick recap of everything that happened on Day 1 of Hobsons U.

NSI Daily Recap: Day 3

​The 2015 Naviance Summer Institute wrapped up yesterday, with another round of sessions led by clients, partners, colleges, and Hobsons staff, plus an informative College Roundtable discussion with a panel of college admissions administrators, and our closing lunch and NSI Awards presentation that ended the event on a high note. Here's a quick recap of the final day of NSI 2015.

Advancing Education Access and Success at the 2016 ASU GSV Summit

Hobsons is a proud sponsor and participant at the 2016 ASU GSV Summit. The ASU GSV Summit brings together thousands of entrepreneurs, business leaders, educators, policymakers, philanthropists, and university and district leaders to accelerate innovation and shape the future of learning.

Summer Melt Blog Post

Five Ways Community Colleges Can Reduce Summer Melt

At a time when community college enrollment is on the decline, community colleges can’t afford the negative effect summer melt can have on their yield. Here are five tips that can help minimize summer melt.

Does the Open Road Open Minds?

As most of us know, life happens. We end up taking different roads, making different choices and the next thing you know you’ve landed in a career that you love but didn’t expect. This is actually the lesson students learn with Roadtrip Nation, a career exploration resource that connects young people to careers that are true to their interests.

Join Us For Hobsons University 2017

Registration is now open for Hobsons University 2017.

Jane McGonigal to Keynote Hobsons University 2017

We’re thrilled to announce that world-renowned game designer and New York Times best-selling author Jane McGonigal is our keynote speaker for Hobsons University 2017.

The 2017 Hobsons University Conference Tracks PLUS Additional Keynote Announcement

Whether you are a first-time attendee or a Hobsons University veteran, the program for Hobsons U 2017 promises something for everyone who is searching for ways to best serve their students and institutions.

Introducing Starfish 7: Our Fully Integrated Student Success Solution

Updates to the Starfish Enterprise Success Platform Leverage Predictive Analytics to Empower Colleges to Improve Student Retention and Completion

Hobsons U Checklist: 18 Tips to Have an Awesome Conference Experience

Here's a checklist of things you should do before, during, and after the Hobsons University 2015 to ensure you’re prepared to have an awesome conference experience.

College Admissions: What Do Admissions Directors Consider? [Infographic]

More and more, higher education institutions in America are reviewing their admissions and recruitment efforts to develop effective strategies to connect with students who are the best fit for their institutions. Here are just a few of the key issues many admissions directors are grappling with.

NSI 2015 Daily Recap: Day 2

Craig Heldman, CEO of Hobsons, and Stephen Smith, Naviance co-founder and Hobsons’ President of Advising and Admissions, kicked off Wednesday of the 8th annual Naviance Summer Institute by challenging Naviance users to answer the question “Why are you here?” Not here at NSI or here in Tucson, Arizona, but here in the education field.

How Vader Got His Voice and More in the Roadtrip Nation Video Archive

Where did Darth Vader get his voice? Three aspiring young designers Sofaya, Martha, and Ben, pondered that question as they embarked on a journey with Hobsons partner Roadtrip Nation to figure out their future paths.

Helena College

Helena College Improves Retention with Starfish by Hobsons

Helena College University of Montana is a public two-year college focused on providing access to lifelong educational opportunities. Central to its mission is enhancing student persistence by aligning student support programs and reducing barriers to access and success.

Redefining College Admissions

Listen to our recent episode of Upgraded by Hobsons for a deeper look into Goucher College's experience with video applications.

What’s Trending in Education: January 9, 2017

Interested in what’s trending in education? Here are a few highlights from recent education news.

Students Using Social Skills to Work in a Group

What’s Trending in Education: January 30, 2017

Interested in what’s trending in education? Here are a few highlights from recent education news.

What’s Trending in Education: February 27, 2017

Interested in what’s trending in education? Here are a few highlights from recent education news.

Education Podcast Blog

What’s Trending in Education: March 20, 2017

Interested in what’s trending in education? Here are a few highlights from recent education news.

Congratulations to the 2017 Education Advances Award Winners for Student Success

We were pleased to recognize the winners of the 2017 Education Advances Award for Student Success Award.

5 Ways to Boost Your Engagement at Hobsons University 2015

One of the great things about Hobsons University is that there are plenty of ways to participate and engage with the conference beyond general sessions. Here are five ways you can boost your engagement at Hobsons U and enhance your conference experience.

Join Us For Naviance Summer Institute 2016!

Each year, Naviance Summer Institute provides the inspiration, education, and connections you need to improve college and career readiness at your school or district. On July 19-21, we will host hundreds of counselors, teachers, school and district administrators, and other K-12 educators for Naviance Summer Institute 2016 at the Hyatt Gainey Ranch Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona.

NSI 2015 Daily Recap: Day 1

​The 2015 Naviance Summer Institute was in full swing on Tuesday with educators, college sponsors, and Naviance partners gathering from around the world in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. Here’s a quick recap of everything that happened on Day 1 of NSI.

The 2016 Survey of College and University Presidents

The sixth annual Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Presidents, sponsored in part by Hobsons, was conducted by Inside Higher Ed and Hobsons partner Gallup and included responses from more than 700 college and university presidents.

Education News Podcast

Role-playing in the Classroom, Difficult Transitions, and Nervous Teachers

Dungeons and Dragons is a role-playing game popular in living rooms, but could it apply in the classroom as well? What does it mean to be truly prepared for college? And, once in college, should students be doing more to ready themselves for life after school?

The Link Between What You Study and What You Earn

The relationship between college education and careers is increasingly important in today’s economy.

What’s Trending in Education - January 17, 2017

Interested in what’s trending in education? Here are a few highlights from recent education news.

What’s Trending in Education: February 6, 2017

Interested in what’s trending in education? Here are a few highlights from recent education news.

Education Tech Conference

Three Good Reasons to Register for NSI This Week

While there is never a bad time to register for the Naviance Summer Institute, here are three really good reasons why you may want to sign up this week.

What’s Trending in Education: March 27, 2017

Interested in what’s trending in education? Here are a few highlights from recent education news.

New Report Examines Key Predictors of Community College Student Success

The American Council on Education’s (ACE) Center for Policy Research and Strategy (CPRS), with support from Hobsons, released a report that examines key predictors of credential completion among direct-from-high school community college students.

Congratulations to the 2015 Naviance Summer Institute Award Winners!

On the final day of Naviance Summer Institute 2015, Hobsons was pleased to recognize leaders from Cincinnati Public Schools, Charleston County School District, and Adams 12 Five Star Schools, as the 2015 Naviance Summer Institute Award winners. Stephen Smith, President of Advising and Admissions at Hobsons and co-founder of Naviance, announced the award winners during the closing ceremony of the weeklong Naviance Summer Institute, held July 6-9 in Tucson, Arizona.

Join Us For Hobsons University 2016!

Each year, Hobsons University provides the inspiration, education, and connections you need to improve admissions, enrollment, and student success at your institution. On July 25-27, we will bring together hundreds of higher education professionals for Hobsons University 2016 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

3 Ways to Boost Your Engagement at NSI 2015

One of the great things about NSI is that there are plenty of ways to participate and engage with the conference beyond general sessions. Here are three ways you can boost your engagement at NSI and enhance your conference experience.

Microsociety blog

Redefining Learning: The Modern Day Micro-society School

What do the schools of the future look like? For some, micro-society schools may be the answer.

What’s Trending in Education

Interested in what’s trending in education? Here are a few highlights from recent education news.

Naviance Summer Institute 2017: Community for Success

Registration is officially open for Naviance Summer Institute 2017: Community for Success.

Participate in our NSI Call for Presenters (Plus 10 Conference Presentation Resources)

Do you have a cool story to share or unique experience with Naviance that other users could benefit from hearing? The Naviance Summer Institute 2017 Call for Presenters is still open and we want to hear from you!

Three Good Reasons to Register for Hobsons University

While there is never a bad time to register for Hobsons University, here are three really good reasons why you may want to sign up soon.

Your Guide to Pre-Conference Training at the Naviance Summer Institute

NSI 2017 pre-conference courses are organized into categories geared toward beginner and advanced Naviance users. Check out our guide so you can decide which courses are right for you!

Bringing Student Success Together at Hobsons HQ

Recently, more than 55 student success professionals and Starfish partners gathered together at the Hobsons offices in Cincinnati, OH for a Student Success Summit. There were so many important takeaways from the event, but several key themes emerged that are helping us here at Starfish think about how we approach our work.


Upcoming Webinars

Media Kit Resources

Looking for press contact information and logos? Find those as well as information on Hobsons leadership, blogging guidelines, and more.

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