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Understand First-generation Students And Spark Institutional Change

There are lots of reasons to ensure that all students--and I do mean all students--who seek a higher education are able to successfully complete. This includes a range of important reasons such as ensuring that opportunities are equitable and attainable as well as ensuring that the country stays competitive in our increasingly global economy.

Join Naviance by Hobsons at NACAC Next Week

Naviance by Hobsons will be attending the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) from September 26-28 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. This conference brings together over 6,500 counseling and admission professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education.

Hobsons’ Summer Internship Program: Connecting College to Careers

This summer, we welcomed 20 college students to join the Hobsons’ team for the 2019 Summer Internship Program. Students spent 10 weeks working on various projects to support three product lines: Naviance, Intersect, and Starfish. Our Summer Internship Program exemplifies our commitment to supporting student success, along their educational journey. It is our mission come to life within the walls of our Arlington, VA and Cincinnati, OH offices.

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Increasing Student Success One Partnership at a Time

Educational goals take a backseat when students are unable to support their own basic food and housing needs. Starfish is extremely proud to partner with the Hope Center to give our institutions the ability to identify and support these students in need and help them reach their academic goals.

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21 Schools in 13 States Get Early Access to Course Planner Reimagined

At this year’s Hobsons Summer Institute, we shared the announcement of our new Course Planner Reimagined launching December 16, 2019. The new Course Planner Reimagined was designed based on the collective feedback of hundreds of clients across numerous states to improve the overall experience within Naviance for staff and students. Read our blog post to learn more!

5 Takeaways from Hobsons Summer Institute 2019: Match & Fit Edition

Last month, more than 1,000 educators descended upon beautiful Marco Island, Florida, for the 2019 edition of Hobsons Summer Institute (HSI). Individuals’ goals for attending the conference were varied but were led by the opportunity to network with other professionals from across the country, learn best practices in expert-led sessions, and stay up to date on the latest education technology trends. Here are five of our big takeaways from the conference:

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3 Ways to Own Your Future This Fall

Fall is a time for new classes, a new routine, and perhaps a new school. Have you thought about how this year will help you reach your goals? Read our blog to learn 3 things you can do now to take ownership over your future.

College Students Aren’t Just Hungry to Learn, They’re Actually Hungry.

According to the 2019 College and University Basic Needs Insecurity: A National #RealCollege Survey Report, 45% of college student survey respondents reported they were food insecure in the previous 30 days.

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Communication: The Key to Future Community College Success

5,114,013 students are enrolled in 2-year institutions across the United States in Spring 2019 according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The impact that community colleges are having on these students is note-worthy.

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Naviance Back-to-School Guide

Another school year is upon us! As you gear up to support students on their educational and career paths, we’ve put together a few tips to start the year and a look at what’s new with Naviance.

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HSI 2019: Know Before You Go

Hobsons Summer Institute 2019 is quickly approaching, and we want to make sure you are prepared to have a great conference experience. Check out this list of tips to help you make the most out of #HSI19!

RepVisits: A Year in Review

The 2018-2019 school year was another year of growth for RepVisits. The number of high schools utilizing the tool grew by 27% to 3,600 schools and the number of appointments scheduled throughout the year grew 36%.

Advancing Equity Through College Affordability

The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), in their new report and at their recent policy summit: Elevating Student Voices, feature students and provocative college leaders and gave space for their to tell their stories.

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3 Simple Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer

You did it! Another school year has come and gone, and now there’s time to hit the pool and relax for the summer. Summer is an ideal time to take steps to plan for your future. Regardless of your grade, aspirations, or location, you can use these tips to help create a strategy to set and achieve your personal goals.

Hobsons 10 Year Anniversary: Adopt a Class Program

As a leader in education technology, Hobsons impacts millions of students across the United States each day through its three online solutions, Naviance, Intersect and Starfish. In addition to supporting students via its solutions, Hobsons employees enjoy extending their reach to education-related organizations in our communities.

Congratulations to Starfish Institutions Making Headlines!

Starfish supports nearly 500 institutions on its platform -- impacting more than 4 million students every term. We effect change with our schools by integrating enhanced case management tools, predictive analytics, student support and academic planning on a single platform.

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What’s New with Naviance for the 2019-2020 School Year

In May, we announced improvements to Naviance for the next school year that will have a positive impact on staff, students and parents. Many of these updates are a direct result of user feedback provided in Naviance IDEAS. These advances will help you support college, career and life readiness for all students, specifically in the competencies of Academic Skills, College Knowledge, and Career Knowledge.

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Township High School District 214: Aligning Curriculum to Career Pathways for Successful Transitions

Career Knowledge is one of the six key competencies in the College, Career and Life Readiness Framework. K-12 students spend much of their time in school working toward the goal of being prepared to enter the workforce in a career that aligns with their strengths and interests.

Kudos to the Starfish Education Advances Awards Finalists!

One of my favorite parts of our upcoming Hobsons Summer Institute is honoring the Starfish clients who are pushing the industry to raise the bar for student success, drawing on the strengths of their staff, advisors (counselors), faculty, students, and Starfish solution.

Will the College Transparency Act help determine the ROI of a College Degree? Part II

Recently, I attended a panel session about the College Transparency Act (CTA). I came away from that session with more questions than answers.

Will the College Transparency Act Help Determine the ROI of a College Degree? Part I

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to provide individuals and their families information on the return they can expect on their investment in higher education? Families need a kind of Consumer Reports for Higher Education.

Changing College Choices with Personalized Information at Scale: Evidence on Naviance

Choosing whether and where to apply to college is a complex and important choice which many students and families struggle to navigate. Naviance is an important tool for helping students, families and school counselors with these choices.

Using Data and Analytics to Identify High Impact Programs

Fayetteville State University (FSU) is a historically black university located in eastern North Carolina. To support the university's goal of increasing student success on campus, specifically with first-year students and student-athletes, FSU implemented Starfish Solutions in 2015.

How to Make Your College Visit Schedule Go “Boom!”

One of the best ways for students to get a feel for a college is to meet with college representatives who take time to visit their high school. But for counselors, identifying colleges and scheduling those visits isn’t always easy. Two California high schools figured out how to streamline that process and increase the number of reps visiting their schools.

New Study: How does Naviance Impact Counseling Practices and Efficiency?

Check out the abstract for a recent study published in The Professional Counselor journal, highlighting counselors’ perceptions of Naviance.

Reflections on ACE

“So, what makes Starfish different?” Maybe I need to rehearse my elevator pitch a bit more, but this was the question that I, the person responsible for Starfish product direction, should be most equipped to answer.

3 Ways to Get Ready for College, Career and Life This Spring

What do you want to be when you grow up? That can be a tough question to answer when you’re not sure. The good news is that there are things you can do this spring to help you have a better idea and plan for your next step, whether you’re in 6th grade, 12th grade, or somewhere in between.

Three Important Lessons I Learned at ATD DREAM 2019

Last week, Starfish by Hobsons had the pleasure of attending Achieving the Dream’s 15th annual DREAM conference in beautiful Long Beach, California. As I reflect on my time at DREAM, there are three big themes that continue to come up.

Paying the Price For Higher Ed

As we get ready for HSI 2019 here at Starfish, I am reminded of some of the enduring student success issues in higher ed. At HSI 2018, scholar-activist and author Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab delivered an inspiring keynote presentation on the equity gap in higher ed in the face of a challenging financial aid system.

College Knowledge: Preparing Students for Postsecondary Success

My name is Jessica Garner and I’m the Director of College Readiness for Union County Public Schools, just outside Charlotte, North Carolina. More importantly, I’m a mother. My oldest daughter is just starting the process of searching for the college of her dreams.

High Intent Inquiry Blog Pt 2: Not All Inquiries Are Equal: What do I do with High Intent Inquiries?

Okay, you’ve identified your high intent inquiries -- a student that has raised their hand in some way to demonstrate a heightened level of interest in your institution. Now what?

A Look at Course Trends

Even though many institutions have excellent institutional research (IR) offices, they may have volumes of institutional and student data but don’t have the tools or processes in place to leverage that data to make decisions at scale.

College, Career and Life Readiness (CCLR) Framework: Data that Provides a 360 Degree View

Administrators are continually searching for ways to effectively measure college, career and life readiness (CCLR) outcomes.

Getting Started: 6 Steps to Align and Focus Your Student Success Goals

Often when an institution looks to expand technology to support student success initiatives on campus, they dive straight into the tool, but don’t spend enough time thinking about the goals they want to accomplish with that tool.

New Report: Budgeting for College, Career and Life Readiness

Schools and districts need to prepare students for their future while also balancing their bottom line. The College, Career & Life Readiness Budget Trends 2018 survey brief dug deeper into the ways K-12 institutions are funding college, career and life readiness initiatives as well as the metrics they are relying upon to measure effectiveness.

Naviance Class Share Analysis (NCSA): Unlock Your Funnel

Recruiting college students is complicated, unique, data-driven and a little magical. I’m not going to claim it’s one-size-fits-all or that anyone can predict what high school students are going to end up deciding by May 1. But I am going to tell you why you need to deepen the analysis of your student data for ROI purposes and then tell you how Intersect can do that for you; for free.

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