Starfish by Hobsons to Present at ACE 2019

Starfish Hosts Panel on “Understanding Your University’s Capacity to Improve Student Success” At ACE’s 101st Annual Meeting

PHILADELPHIA - March 11, 2019 - Hobsons, the education technology leader and company behind Starfish, announced today that Ellyn Artis, Director of Strategic Consulting, will host a client panel at ACE 2019 hosted by the American Council on Education at 2:30 p.m. (EST) on Monday, March 11.

ACE is the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities. ACE2019 - the American Council on Education’s 101st Annual Meeting, will bring together 2,000 presidents, senior executives, and other higher education leaders to explore fresh perspectives, network, and bring data-driven insights back to campuses across the country.

In Starfish’s session, “Understanding Your University’s Capacity to Improve Student Success,” attendees will hear from two institutions who have engaged in a process of assessing their strengths in leveraging data and focusing on what it takes to implement in a complex campus environment—as well as taking on cultural pieces like faculty engagement, communication, and capacity-building in service of achieving their student success goals. The panel will be lead by Ellyn Artis, Director of Strategic Consulting at Starfish by Hobsons. Panelists include Melissa Strum-Smith, Associate Provost for Academic Excellence & Student Success, Drake University and Bernard Savaris, Assistant Vice President for Student Success, New York University.

“Starfish is committed to helping our higher ed partners create campus-wide student success plans that increase student retention on their campuses,” said Howard Bell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Starfish. “We are looking forward to sharing best practices in leveraging data to move the needle on student success with the greater community of university presidents and executives at ACE 2019 Annual Meeting.”

Conference attendees are invited to stop by Starfish by Hobsons’ booth (#105) to speak with Starfish team members.

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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