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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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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Introducing Hobsons Summer Institute 2018!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Transformations at the 36th COBIS Annual Conference

Naviance by Hobsons will be attending the COBIS Annual Conference in London this year for the first time.

New Report Examines Predictors of Upward Transfer Success

The American Council on Education’s (ACE) Center for Policy Research and Strategy (CPRS), with support from Hobsons, released a report that examines the impact of factors such as dual enrollment, academic performance and testing, financial aid, and campus engagement on successful upward transfer rates for community college students.

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!

Four Ways AchieveWORKS Can Help Improve Student Performance

Here are four ways that AchieveWORKS can enhance your counseling programs and improve student performance.

What’s Trending in Education: March 27, 2017

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

How Much Should Parents and Counselors Oversee Students’ College Applications?

Teachers and school counselors should pay close attention to the authentic college entrance materials their students are producing and respect them. And while parents have a critical role to play in helping their children explore colleges and find the best match for them, there are a few signs that they may be overdoing it or worrying too much about how the process is going.

The Importance of Building Counselor Connections

Erica White, the school counselor who founded RepVisits.com and now serves as a Product Manager at Hobsons, explains how building relationships with those on the other side of the desk helped her students enroll in colleges where they would thrive and reach their educational goals.

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.

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. 

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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.

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.

What’s Trending in Education: March 6, 2017

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

Redefining Ready!

Hobsons and AASA are excited to offer America's students the chance to compete for more than $25,000 in postsecondary scholarships through the Redefining Ready! initiative.

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