Education Blog

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.

Starfish Shares a Vision with Complete College America

Connecting students with potential career and degree paths has been a guiding principle for Starfish and our clients for several years, long before the CCA codified the Purpose First Project.

High Intent Inquiry Blog Pt 1 - Not All Inquiries Are Equal: How to Identify High Intent Inquiries

By assigning different values to inquiries, institutions can take the first step towards focusing their recruitment efforts and investments on activities that have the most impact. Let’s walk through defining a high intent inquiry and identifying inquiries.

Understanding the Differences Among Guided Pathways, Degree Planning, Success Plans, & Degree Audits

I regularly hear people use the terms Guided Pathways, Degree Planning, Success Plans, Degree Audits and an SIS system interchangeably; however, they are all distinctively different tools.

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