Student Success Platform Helps NERCOMP Member Institutions Boost Student Retention with Predictive Analytics, Early Intervention, Academic Planning

ARLINGTON, VA – April 17, 2017 – Hobsons®, the global leader in student success technology, announces a strategic partnership to bring its Starfish® Enterprise Success Platform to Northeastern higher education institutions that are members of the Northeast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP).

Starfish® by Hobsons combines powerful predictive analytics, intervention inventories, academic planning, early alert, case management, scheduling, and reporting capabilities to help students balance busy schedules, establish course plans, and connect with the campus resources best suited to help them reach their education goals.

NERCOMP and Hobsons announced the agreement at NERCOMP’s recent Annual Meeting in Providence, R.I., offering members incentives for the Starfish platform. Today, more than 30 NERCOMP members, including Syracuse University, Quinsigamond Community College, and Worcester State University, rely on Starfish to help improve student outcomes and increase retention. 

 “Since implementing Starfish, our new Online Liaison service at Quinsigamond Community College has been able to increase the online pass rates of our students by 6.5 percent,” said Pat Schmohl, dean of distance learning and professional development at the college in Worcester, Mass. “Our faculty have said that having someone (other than them) contact the student sends a message that QCC cares!  These are only a few of the benefits we see from Starfish.”

Howard Bell, general manager for student success at Hobsons, said: “We’re pleased to partner with NERCOMP to provide more of its members with the support and technology they need to improve retention and graduation rates. This strategic partnership will help connect millions of students in the Northeastern United States to the people and resources they need to thrive and succeed on campus and to plan their education to fit their lives.”

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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.


NERCOMP cultivates communities of practice around information and technology, promotes strategic partnerships, and advances innovation and leadership in educational institutions across the Northeastern United States.

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