College & Career Readiness (K-12)
Match & Fit / Admissions
Student Success & Advising
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.
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.
Recently, I attended a panel session about the College Transparency Act (CTA). I came away from that session with more questions than answers.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.