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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.

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.

Re-thinking Search for College Recruitment

The fall recruitment season is already in full swing, and many admissions offices are busy building their inquiry pools for students entering in fall 2018 and beyond. Some of you are gearing up for a Senior Search purchase of 100,000 names more. Others are planning for Search purchases of sophomores and juniors from ACT, College Board, NRCCUA, and other vendors that will top 200,000 names.

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.

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

Starfish Hackathon: Going Mobile

Our most recent hackathon marked a special milestone for Starfish.

NSI 2017: Your Checklist and Things to Know Before You Go!

With Naviance Summer Institute 2017 only a couple weeks away, we want to make sure that you are prepared to have an awesome conference experience. We've outlined a quick checklist and packing tips to make the most of your time at NSI.

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?

Implementation Advice from Syracuse University

Syracuse University launched Starfish in December 2015. Here are eight tips to consider during implementation.

RepVisits Questions? We Have Answers!

Three words can strike terror into even the hardiest college admissions officer’s heart: Fall travel season. Maybe you’re super-organized and you have a color-coded spreadsheet from last fall that you’ll use to start setting up visits for fall 2017. Or maybe you’ve always relied on postcard invitations, sticky notes, and printed out emails to track where and when you need to visit.

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.

Start Your Engines for Hobsons U in Indy!

Are you ready for a fast-paced, fun and information-packed Hobsons U experience this July in Indianapolis? Here’s some information to give you the pole position for a great conference!

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.

You’ve Joined the Hobsons Counselor Community – Now What?

Can you name every high school and school counselor in your territory? Aside from the day that you visit a school, do you know what’s happening on those campuses throughout the year? When you need more information about a school to evaluate an applicant, or when a counselor needs information to better assess whether a student would be a good fit for your college, is it easy to engage with your colleagues on the other side of the desk? These are some of the questions we wanted to address by creating the Hobsons Counselor Community.

Considering Counselor Recommendations

About the author: Brian Estrada spent nine years working as an undergraduate admission officer for Vanderbilt University and Dartmouth College. In 2013, he transitioned to a college counseling position at Providence Academy in Plymouth, Minn. This article was crafted from a session titled “Straight Talk about Counselor Recommendations,” presented at May 2016’s MIDWest joint ACAC conference in Minneapolis and November 2016’s Minnesota ACAC College Counseling Institute. Special thanks to Jessica Forniash (Randolph School-Huntsville, Ala., formerly Vanderbilt University), Kelly Woodward (Creighton University), and Nora Main (Macalester College), who contributed to those sessions and whose insights were incorporated into this article.

3 reasons to attend Hobsons U in Indianapolis

Hobsons University will be here before you know it. Not sure what to expect? Tonia Martin, CRM Administrator at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, is a Hobsons U expert who is willing to share three reasons why you should be in Indianapolis this July!

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