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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.

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.

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.

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.

Expanding the Definition of College and Career Readiness: Introducing the CCLR Framework White Paper

Traditionally, college and career readiness (CCR) in schools has been centered around three areas: academic skills, career knowledge and college knowledge. But research shows that this isn’t enough.

Launch of Education Podcast

Starfish Integrations with a Learning Management System

Accessing your LMS data from Starfish is even more important for students enrolled in online classes, where engagement is harder to recognize, inspire or accomplish.

Hobsons Sponsors Scholarship for Deserving College Student

As a first-generation student of color, Angel Hammon didn’t have an easy path to college. Now, she’s helping others from similar backgrounds reach their higher education goals.

Colleges – Tips for Maintaining Sanity During Spring Travel

More than 87% of the college admissions road warriors responding to our recent survey said they recruit both fall and spring, with almost one-quarter reporting that they spend more than 13 weeks on the road in recruitment travel each school year. According to my calendar, that means it’s almost time to hit the road again.

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.

Education Advances Awards – What Intersect Customers Need to Know

This is the first year Education Advances Awards have been available to Intersect users. You may be wondering what these awards are about, and how you can submit an application for your institution.

Five Ways to Promote Faculty Adoption of Student Success Technologies

Involving faculty is key to implementing student success technology. Here are five ways to increase faculty engagement in your student success initiatives.

Six Strategies to Encourage Faculty to Use a Student Success Technology

Six strategies that can encourage faculty to use student success technology.

Introducing Hobsons Summer Institute 2018!

Wes Moore, Sara Goldrick-Rab to Keynote Blended K-12, Higher Education Conference

Find the Key to Improving Student Success at EDUCAUSE 2017

The Hobsons team is heading to Philadelphia to participate in EDUCAUSE 2017. Here's a look at what we'll be up to.

Best Practice Ideas to Make the Most of Your Intersect Connections

We’ve talked to a number of Naviance ActiveMatch customers who said they weren’t doing anything special with the students who opt-in to connecting with their institutions. In some cases, they don’t even import the names of students who have connected with them via ActiveMatch, because “the student is already in our inquiry database.”

Transforming Student Success with Achieving the Dream

Howard Bell, Senior Vice President and Starfish General Manager, shares his experience at the recent Achieving the Dream Integrated Advising & Support Institute.

Connecting the Dots

As almost everyone involved in the college application process knows, a CEEB code (short for College Entrance Examination Board) is a unique code assigned to high schools and colleges to ensure that test scores, transcripts and other application documents are submitted to the right institutions. A CEEB code identifies the institution the student comes from as well as where they are going.

Anxiety for Admissions Leaders – and Some Light at the End of the Tunnel

College admissions may be a cyclical profession, but it’s never a boring one. There is a certain comfort in the progression of the recruitment cycle – fall’s campus events and college fairs, winter’s focus on and admission decisions, and the weeks of individual outreach and campus events each spring to obtain the best yield and meet enrollment goals.

To Withdraw or Not to Withdraw?

A look at the varying effects of course withdrawals for first-year students.

Results from the 2016 Admissions “Road Warriors” Survey

The unsung heroes of the fall have to be the admissions staff members who are up before dawn to drive to their first high school of the day, and who then proceed to visit three or four more high schools before heading to an evening college fair…five days a week. If that sounds like you, you’ll want to read our report – To Lunch or Not to Lunch – based on Hobsons’ 2016 Road Warriors Survey.

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.

The Value of Peer-Reviewed Research for Student Success

Hobsons is committed to conducting original research on questions of student success with our members and partners. Like any researchers, we are especially proud when our research is published in peer-reviewed journals. Take a look at our most-recent published research.

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