Craig Heldman, CEO of Hobsons, kicked off Tuesday of the 10th annual Hobsons University with opening remarks to a crowd of nearly 1,000 conference participants, many of whom are first-time attendees. Heldman shared that at Hobsons we strive to put students first in everything we do, and our solutions deliver a return on education by engaging students through a lifetime of education decisions. 

Stephen Smith, president of advising and admissions solutions, then took the stage and communicated that Hobsons’ advising and admissions business is our effort to address issues of institutional viability, college readiness, and completion in higher education. The crux of our challenge and opportunity is connecting learning to life, and the admissions process becomes strategic when you focus on fit between the student and the institution, rather than on filling seats. When admissions are done well, he said, they create an important advising moment.

Following opening remarks, Brandon Busteed from Gallup delivered an engaging and informative presentation that integrated Gallup’s research and science on talent selection, strengths, engagement, and well-being to improve student success, teacher effectiveness, and educational outcomes.

Following the opening session, participants shared their experiences, best practices, and tips and tricks in sessions led by Hobsons clients, partners, and Hobsons staff. Attendees could also stop in the Consultation Room for one-on-one product sessions with Hobsons staff from our consulting and training teams. 

The Hobsons University Excellence Awards recognize leaders in the field of higher education who are using Hobsons products to help students succeed.

The 2015 Excellence Award Winners:

  • Excellence in Enrollment Management Award: Lesley University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Excellence in Innovation Award: University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
  • Excellence in Student Success Award: Whatcom Community College (Bellingham, WA)

To learn more about our award winners, read our press release.

Organized by the American Council on Education (ACE), a select group of higher education leaders met privately at Hobsons University to discuss topics of race-conscious and race-neutral admissions and enrollment management strategies in the current legal climate. ACE’s recent report, A Dream Undone? Higher Education Access and Opportunity in a Shifting Legal Landscape, will be the topic of a Hobsons U general session on Wednesday.

The night ended in a tour of the grand San Antonio River Walk, where attendees enjoyed exploring the beautiful walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River!

Find more photos from the day on our Facebook Page.

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