ARLINGTON, VA – April 7, 2016 – PAR Framework, a national membership collaborative that helps higher ed institutions and systems use data to improve retention and postsecondary success, today announced the release of a new paper that documents opportunities to help post-traditional students succeed. 

Despite the growing population of post-traditional students on today’s college campuses, there has been little focus on standardized information describing dimensions of post-traditional student success. In Improving Post-Traditional Student Success, researchers at PAR Framework—a division of Hobsons—provide colleges and universities with an overview of how learner analytics can help institutions better serve adult students, from pre-enrollment and planning to degree progression and job searching. 

“We saw an important opportunity to better support a growing segment of the higher educational community in the United States that so much standardized reporting continues to miss,” said Ellen Wagner, Vice President of Research at Hobsons and a co-author of the report.

The paper identifies factors that are critical to success, such as whether credits will transfer, how quickly a student is progressing, and whether students are engaged in their studies and in campus culture.

The report draws upon lessons from PAR Framework members, such as University of Maryland University College, Penn State World Campus, Excelsior College, who have been successful in serving post-traditional students.

To access the full report, visit the website here.


About PAR Framework

The Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework is now a Division of Hobsons. PAR offers educational stakeholders a unique multi-institutional perspective for examining dimensions of student success that will help improve retention in US higher education. PAR improves student success with predictive models, collaborative benchmarks and frameworks that identify critical points of student risks, and links interventions with services for at-risk students at the points of greatest need. PAR is distinguished among the many data analytics solutions emerging in the education domain by its common, openly published data definitions and student success frameworks. For more information about PAR please visit

About PAR Membership

PAR membership is open to all accredited institutions of postsecondary education in the United States. PAR welcomes institutional partners that want to demonstrate how its programs contribute toward student success innovation.  For information about how to join PAR Framework please visit:

About Hobsons

Hobsons helps students identify their strengths, explore careers, create academic plans, match to best-fit educational opportunities, and reach their education and life goals. Through our solutions, we enable thousands of educational institutions to improve college and career planning, admissions and enrollment management, and student success and advising for millions of students around the globe. Hobsons works with more than 12,000 schools, colleges, and universities and serves more than 13 million students. Learn more at






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