Student retention efforts within higher education institutions are often stunted because of a lack of engagement between students and institution staff. The disconnect leads to fewer students succeeding at college, many of whom could be thriving if the institution knew more about their demographic backgrounds and other information. Knowledge about students’ financial and personal challenges, extracurricular activities, and academic goals help universities direct attention to areas where they can best meet students’ needs, and as a result, increase student academic progress.

Ramapo College of New Jersey increased its student success stories by forging relationships with students. The institution created a cycle of engagement on campus which expanded from students to faculty members. Using Starfish by Hobsons, Ramapo College of New Jersey connected with students more likely to underperform, created a loop of communication between campus departments, and streamlined its outreach efforts to lead more students to succeed in their academics. The institution’s strategy was recognized at Hobsons University  when Ramapo was awarded the 2016 Education Advances Award.

Representatives of Ramapo College of New Jersey will be speaking about their implementation strategy using Starfish in a webinar tomorrow, October 18, at 2 p.m. EST. To learn more, register for the webinar


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