We love to DREAM! Hobsons executives and members of our Student Success team are heading to San Francisco to attend the 13th Annual DREAM Institute, hosted by Achieving the Dream (ATD). DREAM 2017 will be an energetic gathering of more than 2,100 community college change agents doing the “heavy lifting” of both helping students and building capacity for data analysis, program evaluation, and student-centered, data-informed decision-making. 

The Achieving the Dream national network includes over 200 institutions of higher education, 100 coaches and advisors, 15 state policy teams throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia, all helping more than four million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

We know that public institutions are a critical part of our nation’s responses to poverty, racial injustice, and economic stagnation. Community and technical colleges, and especially ATD members, are uniquely positioned to lead change efforts in college completion and workforce preparation.

We are so excited to meet with some of our very favorite clients – including individuals and institutions that have been using the Starfish platform for many years. We will be in the Starfish by Hobsons booth, participating in sessions, and arranging executive meetings.

Hobsons is also hosting the President’s and Chancellor’s Leadership Colloquium on February 22. The Colloquium is a full-day invitation-only convening of community college leaders focused on building a stronger education eco-system to propel credential attainment and workforce placement. For this year’s Colloquium, I will be joined by several of my Hobsons colleagues, including Craig Heldman, CEO; Howard Bell, Senior Vice President of Student Success; and John Plunkett, Senior Vice President of Marketing and External Relations. We are all looking forward to an active day of listening to ATD leaders’ latest challenges and opportunities.

I am also personally looking forward to moderating a Spotlight Session on Thursday February 23. Titled Collective Impact Ecosystem for Regional Student Success, this session features a successful collective impact partnership among Northwest Educational Council for Student Success (NECSS), Harper College (a comprehensive community college) and a feeder school district of 23 schools. The session is geared toward presidents and senior leaders who seek to understand what it takes to create a successful partnership and know how success is measured.

Please make a point of stopping by the Starfish by Hobsons booth (301/400) in the ATD Expo! We will look forward to seeing you in San Francisco.

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