Education Case Studies

Tempe Union: Increasing Student and Parent Access to Achieve Post-Secondary Goals

Tempe Union High School District: Increasing Student and Parent Access to Achieve Post-Secondary Goals

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Mt. Diablo Unified School District: Increasing College and Career Readiness Access

Mt. Diablo Unified School District: Increasing College and Career Readiness Access for Underserved Students and Meeting State A-G Requirements

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Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township: Increase Graduation Rates by 25% in Four Years

Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township: Increase Graduation Rates by 25% in Four Years with Daily Advisory Period and Naviance

University of Montana: Establishing a Holistic View of Student Success

The University of Montana uses Starfish to help students connect with the right resources to stay focused on achieving their ultimate goal of graduation

Fostering a Foundation for First-Year Success: UCCS

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs team used Starfish to drive in-person advising

Dedication to College and Career Readiness Leads to District-Wide Naviance Access

After making college and career readiness their top priority, Aptos High School staff and administrators decided to implement Naviance. By working with their Naviance consultant, Aptos had counselors trained, data in place, and provided teachers access by the first day of the school year. Their main goals included assisting seniors in their college research and planning, and allowing freshman immediate access to Naviance to receive its benefits throughout all four years. By January of 2017, Aptos High School had all grade levels accessing Naviance regularly, exceeding their goals for the entire school year.

Berkley School District: Increasing Access to Various Student Pathways

In order to support their mission of supporting “every learner in the quest to realize his or her full potential,” Berkley SD decided to use Naviance to streamline their college and career readiness initiatives.

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Eugene School District: Initiating College and Career Readiness Technology in Middle Schools

After a successful pilot program, Eugene School District extended Naviance to their other schools in order to create a cohesive college and career readiness plan across the district.

Guttman Community College Supports Guided Pathway Program With Starfish

Guttman Community College, the newest community college in the City University of New York (CUNY), offers an equity-driven, highimpact, guided pathways learning experience to best support its diverse, urban student population.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Increases Faculty Engagement In Student Success With Starfish

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) is one of the 16 technical and community colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System, supporting more than 41,500 students across multiple campuses and regional centers in the Green Bay, WI area. NWTC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College—a national designation awarded to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps.

Cheshire Academy: Making CCR a Competitive Advantage in the Private School Market

Cheshire Academy is a private college-preparatory school in New Haven, Connecticut. With fewer than 500 students enrolled, Cheshire Academy prides itself on its focus and dedication to student success in all aspects of life.

Lynn University Increases Awareness and Connections to Right Fit Students

Lynn University began working with Hobsons five years ago as part of a new initiative to address increasing enrollment goals and find innovative ways to reach students. They knew it was important to get in front of students who are in Naviance researching college options.

UC Santa Barbara: Using Intersect and RepVisits to Find Best-Fit Students

Using ActiveMatch to promote the university within Naviance has given UCSB the opportunity to connect with many students who are potentially a good fit. “We’re able to pinpoint areas and individuals who can see themselves at UCSB,” said Cuca Acosta, Associate Director. In recent years, as the university has incorporated more in-state recruitment, Ms. Acosta noted, “We could reconnect with students in our own back yard. That was the hidden gem.”

Bringing College and Career Readiness to All Students: Finding A Comprehensive CCR Partner

Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) is a high-achieving district in Michigan, with college enrollment rates of 79 percent (well above the national average of 69 percent) and four-year graduation rates of 89 percent (well above the state average of 82 percent).

Through the Lens of Equity and Access - When Good Is Not Good Enough

Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) is a Michigan district consisting of 17,300 students of diverse backgrounds and economic statuses. Although already a high-achieving district, AAPS Superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift has committed to increasing achievement levels for all students, with special emphasis on underserved populations such as Hispanic/Latino and low-income students.

Texas CTE Programs Prepare Students for Their Unique Futures

How many 9th graders that you know are already enrolled in a nursing program or are running a restaurant with paying customers? At Grand Prairie Independent School District (GPISD) a large district in the Dallas/Forth Worth area, nursing and hospitality are just two of the 29 pathways thats students can pursue, starting as early as middle school, with the goal of getting the knowledge and skills they'll need to succeed in the future.

Boston University Connects with Best-Fit Students Through Hobsons’ Intersect Platform

“Hobsons allowed Boston University to cut through the noise and connect with thousands of academically talented students who we are confident will thrive at this University.” Kristin Ede, Senior Associate Director, BU Admissions Marketing & Communications

Flagstaff High School Increases College Acceptance Rate by 12.8 Percentage Points

The Flagstaff Counseling Department uses the support of technology to continually evolve. For the past nine years, Flagstaff improved its college and career readiness culture by implementing Naviance.

Ramapo College Expands Academic Advising

Ramapo College of New Jersey Expands Academic Advising to Improve Student Success

Learn how Ramapo College of New Jersey achieved key student success goals using Starfish by Hobsons.

Helena College Case Study

Helena College Increases Access to Success with Starfish

Helena College University of Montana is a public two-year college focused on providing access to lifelong educational opportunities. Central to its mission is enhancing student persistence by aligning student support programs and reducing barriers to access and success.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Student Success Initiatives Improve Graduation Rates

To retain students, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) had to transform the advising culture. A committee of faculty, staff, and academic leaders chose the Starfish by Hobsons platform because of its early warning system and easy user interface.

Youngstown State University Improves Course Completion Rates

Youngstown State University (YSU) needed a user-friendly online system with the ability for all stakeholders to access the same information in a central place. The system needed to complement their academic support procedures. YSU chose Starfish by Hobsons and it went live in 2012.

In Practice: A Comprehensive Advising Program

The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) is a public university serving more than 5,000 students in 23 undergraduate programs. Formerly an upper-division campus, the institution opened its doors to freshmen and sophomores for the first time in 2001.

Increasing Parent Engagement in Stamford, Connecticut

Studies show that parent involvement in a student’s education can be one of the biggest factors affecting success during and after high school. And while critically important, schools often struggle to get parents involved. Limited staff time, a lack of resources to provide parents, or uncertainty about how to engage families are just a few contributing factors. One district in Connecticut, however, has seen success in fostering collaboration and engaging parents using the college and career planning and scholarship search tools included in Naviance.

Creating a Meaningful ILP with Naviance

When Colorado enacted a requirement in 2009 that required all students in grades 9-12 to create and manage an Individual Career & Academic Plan (ICAP), Jeffco turned to Naviance – a one-stop solution that brings all the pieces of an effective college and career readiness program together.

The First Year Impact of Naviance

Before implementing Naviance, Boothbay had a 52% college application rate. Through the use of Naviance’s college search and application tools, they saw an increase to 94% of seniors applying to college, an 80% increase in one year.

Strengthening Counseling Programs with Naviance

Since implementing Naviance, Adams 12 increased its graduation rate by 12%, and data collected through Naviance helped the district justify spending to restore counseling positions that had been lost due to budget cuts.

Texas School Makes Community Service a Priority

Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas has over 3,400 students and nearly 1,500 of them participate in Spartans Out Serving or “SOS,” a voluntary community service club. Community service is deeply ingrained into the school’s culture. Over half of the student body participates in SOS and this year, almost 800 students met their service goals. For seniors, that means 60 hours of effort is rewarded with coveted white cords at graduation.

Transcripts at the Click of a Button

Like most schools, High Tech High in San Diego is under an enormous burden to submit transcripts and other forms to colleges as its seniors navigate the application process each year. Before going digital, the counseling office relied on the only method it had: mailing paper packets filled with transcripts, school profiles, and teacher recommendations. High Tech High also printed and mailed a second or third round of transcripts, translating into countless hours of staff time and thousands of dollars in postage and supplies.

Yonkers Public Schools

After implementing Naviance, Yonkers Public Schools now has the ability to measure the impact their programs have on student success. In 2008, prior to the full adoption of Naviance, college-going intentions for seniors was 67%. In 2012, close to 91% of YPS seniors applied to colleges and 76% of seniors intended to enroll in four- or two–year colleges. Since using Naviance scholarship tools, YPS has more than doubled financial aid and scholarship awards from $23 million in 2010 to over $49 million in 2012. YPS attributes these increases to the variety of college- and career-readiness programs offered as well as improved student awareness of opportunities and resources available made possible by Naviance.

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