College & Career Readiness (K-12)
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Student Success & Advising
We at Starfish by Hobsons are continuing to monitor the latest information regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As you are aware, the situation continues to evolve, and many educational institutions have taken pragmatic measures to protect their students, faculty, administrators, and staff.
Learn how institutions are incorporating Starfish into their emergency preparations and shifts to remote learning environments.
The topics and sessions at the conference became immediately personal and related to Starfish as we discussed students’ need for the sense of belonging, the need for faculty engagement and research on student challenges, and the need to identify and address root causes of performance/outcomes. These are topics that the Strategic Consultants address on the campuses with whom we work.
There are lots of reasons to ensure that all students--and I do mean all students--who seek a higher education are able to successfully complete. This includes a range of important reasons such as ensuring that opportunities are equitable and attainable as well as ensuring that the country stays competitive in our increasingly global economy.
Educational goals take a backseat when students are unable to support their own basic food and housing needs. Starfish is extremely proud to partner with the Hope Center to give our institutions the ability to identify and support these students in need and help them reach their academic goals.
According to the 2019 College and University Basic Needs Insecurity: A National #RealCollege Survey Report, 45% of college student survey respondents reported they were food insecure in the previous 30 days.
The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), in their new report and at their recent policy summit: Elevating Student Voices, feature students and provocative college leaders and gave space for their to tell their stories.
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.
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.
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.
Involving faculty is key to implementing student success technology. Here are five ways to increase faculty engagement in your student success initiatives.
Six strategies that can encourage faculty to use student success technology.
Wes Moore, Sara Goldrick-Rab to Keynote Blended K-12, Higher Education Conference
The Hobsons team is heading to Philadelphia to participate in EDUCAUSE 2017. Here's a look at what we'll be up to.
Howard Bell, Senior Vice President and Starfish General Manager, shares his experience at the recent Achieving the Dream Integrated Advising & Support Institute.
A look at the varying effects of course withdrawals for first-year students.
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.
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.
We were pleased to recognize the winners of the 2017 Education Advances Award for Student Success Award.
Updates to the Starfish Enterprise Success Platform Leverage Predictive Analytics to Empower Colleges to Improve Student Retention and Completion
Our most recent hackathon marked a special milestone for Starfish.
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?
Syracuse University launched Starfish in December 2015. Here are eight tips to consider during implementation.
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.
Five key takeaways from the "Improving the Odds of Successful Upward Transfer" webinar.