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.

What are Education Advances Awards, anyway?

The Hobsons Education Advances Awards symbolize the innovation that is possible when an institution combines people, process, and technology to make a difference in the lives of students. In sponsoring these awards for Intersect customers, Hobsons wants to recognize clients who are making changes and thinking ‘outside the box’ in the field of admissions and enrollment. We also want to promote the successes of our clients, so that other institutions may learn from your innovative approaches to promoting the use of ‘fit’ in recruiting and enrolling students.

Award winners receive $2,500 for their institution, and runners-up receive $1,000.

What might qualify as award-worthy?

Are you using Intersect solutions to increase student access? Have you found new ways to connect with students who are likely to be a good fit for your institution? Have you changed how you schedule and manage travel to meet students in person using RepVisits, or seen expanded interest in your on-campus programs by promoting them with Events? Are you reaching out to high school and other admissions offices and creating new networks in the Counselor Community?

If you’re using any (or all!) of these strategies, and you can share how these have impacted your ability to attract students who are likely to be successful at your institution, then you should submit an award nomination!

Who will be evaluating award submission?

Funny you should ask! We’re very proud to introduce the judges evaluating the award submissions for our Intersect customers.

Shanda T. Ivory is the director of communications for the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). She formerly served in the communications department at the American Council on Education and started her career as a newspaper reporter in Louisiana, covering education, the courts, and national issues affecting the local community. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Southern University (LA) and master’s degree in communications from Ohio State University. She has professional interests in access and diversity at the secondary and postsecondary levels.


Melanie Gottlieb is Deputy Director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). Melanie served as the Registrar at Marlboro College and Webster University and she was the VP for Enrollment Management at Cottey College prior to joining the AACRAO staff. She was also an active member of AACRAO and served on professional committees for the organization. Melanie attended Simmons College and later transferred to Marlboro College, where she earned her undergraduate degree. She completed her Master’s degree at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Melanie loves to spend time with her family, travel, and has a “serious book habit” that she indulges as often as possible.

We’re looking forward to receiving some amazing award submissions, and we’ll be recognizing the efforts of our Intersect customers at the Hobsons Summer Institute this July!


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