Hobsons University 2015 wrapped up yesterday with leaders from Hobsons’ product management and research and development teams sharing information on the current state of our higher education product strategy and where we are going in the future.


Paul Miller, vice president of admissions solutions, began the presentation sharing that Hobsons’ admissions product strategy will focus on matching to best-fit colleges, personalizing interactions, creating a seamless application system, and optimizing the enrollment lifecycle. He also announced exciting new partnerships with Gecko Labs, to help optimize online data capture, and Kira Academic, a video admissions platform that allows colleges to screen prospective students’ videos and accept the best-fit applicants.

Patricia Gagnon, vice president of advising solutions, discussed the state of Hobsons’ advising solutions, including how Starfish has evolved since being acquired by Hobsons earlier this year, such as the integration of AgileGrad and Starfish to become Starfish Degree Planner – a major step in delivering the best solutions to improve academic planning and student success. She also discussed plans for integrating the best functionality from Naviance, Radius, and Starfish to give students as well as K-12 and higher education institutions resources to create a seamless process of advising, admissions, and student success.

Shaun Fanning, vice president of research and development, shared innovative future projects such as Naviance Advantage, a program in partnership with Wake Forest University that will help Chinese students adjust to the U.S. college experience. 

Revisit day one here, day two here, and day three here.

We want to thank all of our participants, partners, sponsors, and staff for joining us in San Antonio and making it such a special time for sharing, learning, and networking!

Mark your calendars, as plans are underway for the 2016 conference, which will be held July 10–14, 2016, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MarylandSubscribe to our Hobsons University newsletter to learn about early bird discounts, speaker and session details, and other special promotions.


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