General Manager of Starfish by Hobsons to Present at DREAM 2019

Howard Bell, GM of Starfish, To Present “Setting the Standard for Student Success” at DREAM 2019

ARLINGTON, VA - February 19, 2019 - Hobsons, the education technology leader and company behind Starfish, announced today that Howard Bell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Starfish, will present at DREAM 2019 hosted by Achieving the Dream at 12:00 p.m. (PST) on Wednesday, February 20.

DREAM is Achieving the Dream, Inc.’s (ATD) flagship event which brings together over 2,300 influential higher education decision-makers, investors, thought-leaders, policy-makers and practitioners from around the world who are dedicated to addressing student success at community colleges.

For the past 10 years, Starfish by Hobsons had led the market in introducing technology supporting Student Success and Guided Pathways. Starfish was the first to introduce an early alerts solution and has raised the bar by continuously introducing essential, fully-integrated elements into the Starfish platform, including: intervention management; career and degree planning; student retention scores; institutional data analytics; and strategic planning. In his session “Setting the Standard for Student Success,” Bell will lead a panel of industry leaders in a discussion about how the Guided Pathways approach to student success has helped them increase student success and retention on campuses. Panelists include Sam Hirsch, Vice President of Student Affairs at the Community College of Philadelphia, Grace Commiso, Dean of Student Success and Counselling at Bakersfield College, and Dhnafu Elston, Vice President for Strategy at Complete College America.

In addition to Starfish’s session, Starfish by Hobsons and their partner PAIRIN will launch their latest product collaboration, Starfish Career Connections, while at DREAM 2019. Starfish Career Connections, powered by PAIRIN, is the career investigation component of Starfish, allowing students to explore career paths that fit with their work experience, strengths, interests and transferable skills. PAIRIN and Starfish team members will be at DREAM 2019 to discuss the new tool with higher education leaders.

“Starfish by Hobsons has always been at the forefront of the Student Success,” said Howard Bell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Starfish. “Starfish strives to continually increase both student success at colleges and universities across the country, and to evolve our solutions to better support our partners. It is an honor to share our clients’ great work with so many industry professionals who share our mission.”

Conference attendees are invited to stop by Starfish by Hobsons’ booth (#106) to speak with Starfish team members and pick up complimentary copies of Hobsons’ 2-Year Student Success Tool Kit.

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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A leader in education technology, Hobsons helps more than 15 million students to identify their strengths, explore careers, match to best-fit educational opportunities, create academic plans, and reach their education and life goals. More than 13,000 K-12 and higher education institutions partner with Hobsons and leverage our expertise and our solutions -- Naviance, Intersect, and Starfish -- to improve college and career readiness, college recruiting and admissions, and higher education student success to support millions of students.

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