Hobsons Announces Education Advances Award Winners at HSI 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Education Advances Award Winners: MSD of Wayne Township, Bard College and Syracuse University

PALM DESERT, CA - July 18, 2018 - Hobsons, the education technology leader, is pleased to announce the 2018 Education Advances winners. One K-12 district and two higher education institutions were named the 2018 Education Advances winners in a ceremony today at Hobsons Summer Institute 2018. The winners were selected by a panel of independent judges and represent leaders in the education space.

The Hobsons Education Advances Awards recognize the innovation that is possible when an institution combines people, process and technology to make a difference in the lives of students. Hobsons is proud to recognize the accomplishments and celebrate in the successes of our clients, and is eager to share their best practices with the broader community.

Congratulations to the 2018 Education Advances award winners:

“We are proud to recognize MSD Wayne, Bard College and Syracuse University for their hard work and commitment to student success,” said Kate Cassino, Chief Executive Officer of Hobsons. “At Hobsons, our mission is to provide the tools necessary for educators to assist students with their academic and career goals. Our clients serve as our inspiration to continually improve and advance our solutions.”

Each of the winning institutions will receive a donation of $2,500 to use in continuing their efforts in helping students succeed. In addition, two finalists from each category will receive a donation of $1,000.

The finalists for each category are:

Naviance K-12 College and Career Readiness Award:

  • Tempe Union High School District, Tempe, Ariz.
  • Mount Diablo Unified School District, Contra Costa County, Calif.

Intersect Higher Education Match & Fit/Admissions Award:

  • SUNY Cortland, Cortland, N.Y.
  • Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Conn.

Starfish Higher Education Student Success and Advising Award:

  • The College of Brockport (SUNY), Brockport, N.Y.
  • University of Massachusetts - Lowell, Lowell, Mass.

Learn more about the 2018 Education Advances winners:

The Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, Indianapolis, Ind. - This public school district located in the metro area of Indianapolis, with around 70% of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch, implemented Naviance in the 2015-16 school year. Since implementation, MSD of Wayne Township has introduced Naviance into the curriculum for grades 7-12, creating a thorough and comprehensive approach to integrating college and career readiness into the daily lives of students.

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. -  With under 2,000 undergraduate students, Bard is a private 4-year college dedicated to diversifying its student body, while attracting students who will thrive and remain on campus. Partnering with Intersect, Bard has established a web presence through an enhanced College Profile and has begun implementing ActiveMatch to connect with students and deepen relationships through a specialized communications plan. Bard, which  has also added more travel recruitment, both in the US and abroad, uses RepVisits to plan and schedule their high school visits. Early results from newly implemented admissions initiatives have shown a 5% increase in applications.

Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y. -  Syracuse University integrated the use of Starfish across all ten schools and colleges as part of the “Orange SUccess” program. Syracuse reports improvements in key measures of student success  - course drops have fallen by 19%, the number of failing grades earned by students has fallen by 7%, and the number of course withdrawals has fallen by 8%.


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A global 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 around the world.

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