Murray State University Selects Starfish By Hobsons as Student Success Platform  

Murray State University Chooses Starfish to Increase Retention and Shift Campus Culture

ARLINGTON, VA, December 18, 2018 - Hobsons, the education technology leader and company behind Starfish, today announced that Murray State University has chosen to implement Hobson’s Starfish Enterprise Success Platform in order to increase retention by providing students and faculty with easy-to-use and robust resources.

Located in Murray, Ky., Murray State serves almost 9,500 undergraduate and graduate students. The university selected the Starfish technology campus-wide to align with its mission to grow “student success through mentored, real-world learning opportunities in an open-minded and supportive learning environment.”

“Our ultimate goal is to allow each student to achieve their own version of success,” said Peggy Whaley, Director of Student Engagement and Success at Murray State University. “We chose Starfish to help us reach that goal because it offers our students and staff easy-to-use tools and resources. We are excited to embark on this journey with Starfish, and feel that the solution will help us to transform our university culture to provide holistic student support across all departments.”

“Starfish is dedicated to helping higher education institutions propel their students towards their educational and career goals,” said Howard Bell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Starfish. “We are excited to work with Murray State University as they use the Starfish case management and analytics tools to increase retention, while ultimately establishing a culture of holistic support across their campus.”

Murray State University joins a community of over 450 higher education institutions currently using the Starfish platform.  

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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About Murray State University

Murray State University provides an “Opportunity Afforded” for students through a high-quality education with experiential learning, academic and personal growth and the ability to secure a lifetime of success. Since 1922, the true value of higher education has been found at Murray State University, where our commitment is to afford endless opportunities for developing leaders in the community, the country and the world. The University’s main campus is located in Murray, Ky., and includes five regional campuses. For more information about Murray State University, please visit  

About Hobsons

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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