California Community Colleges Expands Starfish Usage to All Institutions

Starfish by Hobsons and the CCC Chancellor's Office Reach Agreement to Increase Starfish Support to Additional Institutions Across the System

ARLINGTON, VA - March 12, 2019 - Hobsons, the education technology leader and company behind Starfish, announced today that Starfish has reached an agreement with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to offer Starfish solutions to all CCC institutions. Currently, 43 institutions within the CCC system utilize Starfish solutions.

The California Community College system consists of 114 colleges, spread out across the state. Each college offers a diverse array of education programs, with specializations that reflect the unique character of the local region. In November 2017, the Academic Senate for The California Community Colleges officially endorsed Starfish by Hobsons as part of their Guided Pathways proposals. “Guided Pathways” refers to a student-centered system for colleges to help increase credential completion and graduation rates for all students.

“Integrating holistic educational planning, timely interventions, scheduling and analytics are critical to successfully implementing Guided Pathways and to meeting the goals outlined in the Vision for Success,” said Rhonda Mohr, Vice Chancellor, Student Services and Special Programs at California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. “The use of technology is a must if a college wants to succeed. The Chancellor’s Office support of Hobsons’ Starfish solution, following a competitive award process, ensures the delivery of enhancements necessary to support the Vision for Success goals under the Guided Pathways Framework.”

Starfish has also been accepted outside of the Chancellor’s Office, at the individual school level, where over 40 schools have already engaged the platform.

“To operationalize our Guided Pathways work at scale, we have leveraged the Student Success Platform offered by Starfish,” said Dr. Zav Dadabhoy, Vice President, Student Services at Bakersfield College. “It is our high-tech, high-touch solution that operationalizes cohort management, and guides students in their journey to completion.”

“Starfish is proud to deepen our relationship with the California Community Colleges system in support of their mission to implement Guided Pathways and to reach the goals outlined in their Vision for Success,” said Howard Bell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Starfish by Hobsons. “We are excited to increase our support across additional institutions in the system, and look forward to working closely with the Chancellor’s Office throughout this partnership and the CCC’s journey towards academic excellence and equity in student achievements.”

The Starfish Enterprise Success Platform helps nearly 500 colleges and universities - more than all other organizations in the industry - scale their student success efforts so more students can achieve their academic and life goals. By helping higher education institutions leverage reliable data to pinpoint areas of concern and opportunity within courses and student populations, as well as institutional programs and services, Starfish connects these findings to action by identifying at-risk students, connecting students with valuable resources, and building career and academic plans to achieve student goals with the least momentum lost.

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